'Chemical castration option worth exploring'

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  1. Sabir

    Sabir DFI TEAM Senior Member

    Jul 31, 2009
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    NEW DELHI: A trial court's observation suggesting the use of chemical castration as punishment for serial rapists and child abusers has been met with guarded reactions from women's rights activists. There is a view among a section that the issue needs to be seriously considered, but there are others who feel the proposal has a Talibanesque twist and cannot find a place in Indian democracy.

    Dismissing the court's observation as "absolutely unacceptable", activist Shabnam Hashmi said, "We are not trying to change to a Taliban nation. This sounds like a diktat you hear from Afghanistan. The idea is not to kill people or make them redundant but to bring about social change. It's like saying cut the hands of a thief. This is not the language a civil society should be speaking in."

    The court's suggestion advocated the use of "chemical castration" as an alternative to a jail term for rapists. Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau said, "The Indian legislatures are yet to... address the issue (of rape) with all seriousness by exploring the possibility of permitting imposition of alternative sentences of surgical castration or chemical castration, particularly in cases involving rape of minors, serial offenders and child molesters or as a condition for probation, or as an alternative sentence in case of plea bargaining."

    Manushi's Madhu Kishwar said knee-jerk reactions were not necessary and the suggestion was well worth exploring. "The court has advocated chemical castration as a recourse to serial rapists or in more gruesome forms of rape. I believe this is practised in some countries. I think this is an issue worth exploring and considering seriously," she said.

    AIDWA general secretary Sudha Sundararaman, however, said the debate must be focused on thorough investigation rather than severity of punishment. She said, "Whether it is castration or death sentence as a punishment, the issue that needs to be the thrust of debate is the quality of investigation. Most cases are delayed in the course of investigation and conviction is undermined. There has to be a proper investigating procedure that is bound in a time frame rather than discussion on extremity of punishment."

    'Chemical castration option worth exploring' - Times Of India

    In Arab countries they chop off the hands of theives, but, it does not mean those countries are infested with handless people. The basic idea is to deter people to become an offender. What do you say guys....

    PS: Mod plz add a poll to get opinion of the members...
  3. Param

    Param Senior Member Senior Member

    Jun 9, 2010
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    The first thing to do is change the Definition of Rape that is outdated. Its a rubbish law that depends on the degree of "penetration". Besides forced Anal and Ora sex are not even considered rape. Inserting of objects is also not considered as rape.
    The law for molestation is even worse_19th century crap.
    Change of rape definition and proper investigation is more important. What is the use of having a severe punishment is the rapist can get away using such loopholes?
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