Minimum 7 years term mandatory for rapes: SC

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  1. Yusuf

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    NEW DELHI: Rapists should be awarded a minimum sentence of 7 years which can be reduced only in special circumstances, the Supreme Court has ruled ticking off the Rajasthan High Court for reducing the punishment of two convicts in a rape case.

    "Such an order is violative of the mandatory requirement of law and has defeated the legislative mandate.

    "Deciding the case in such a casual manner reduces the criminal justice delivery system to mockery," a bench of justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra said in a judgement.

    The apex court passed the judgement while upholding an appeal filed by the Rajasthan Government challenging the high court's decision to reduce the sentence on two rapists Vinod Kumar and Heera Lal without recording any special reasons for taking the lenient view.

    On January 22, 2005, the Special Judge Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act had awarded 7 years RI for the duo after convicting them for rape of an SC woman who had checked into hotel along with her brother-in-law.

    However, the High Court on an appeal by the convicts reduced the sentence of Vinod Kumar from 7 years to 5 years and that of Heera Lal from 7 years to 11 months and 25 days.

    Section 376 IPC (rape) mandates a minimum 7 years punishment, but which may be life or for a term which may extend to 10 years, provided that the court may for adequate and special reasons to be mentioned in the judgement, impose the punishment for a term less than 7 years.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/PDATOI/articleshow/13394695.cms
     
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    This is a good move :thumb:
     
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    Dilli walas better watch out.

    Seriously though what is also needed is for women who have suffered this heinous crime to report and successful prosecution of the case as well. I think the conviction rate in rape cases is pretty low.
     
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    7 years is good enough ? 20 years look good..

    A rape is almost like a murder in thick social world..
     
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    Too lenient. 20 years + compulsory castration + complete anonymity to the victim sounds about right.
     

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