J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti calls for Death Penalty Laws against Rapists

J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti came out strongly to pass death penalty laws against rapists and Union Minister of "The Ministry of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi intends to bring an amendment in POCSO. As the existing laws have failed, will they make any sense in reality?

J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti calls for Death Penalty Laws against Rapists
J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti calls for Death Penalty Laws against Rapists

Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stated, “I assure that I stand committed not just to ensure justice for Asifa but also seek exemplary punishment for those responsible for a crime whose brutal savagery has shamed humanity.” In another statement by Union Minister for The Ministry of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi intends to bring an amendment in POCSO Act asking for death penalty for rape on children below 12 years of age.” This came forward in this context was quite overwhelming but has once again raised a discussion on to what extent Constitution of India punishes criminals for such severe crimes like rape and gangrape and will it solve the grievous and horrific crimes like rape?

The Policy Times asks a simple question when are we going to frame such laws which can instill a sense of deadly fear in the minds of these atrocious demons? Undoubtedly the statements made by these responsible persons sitting in power is worth applause but haven’t we been used to such things? Isn’t a common phenomenon for us to witness such statements after every rape hits the media and compels such politicians to save their skins and heads? Isn’t it an irony of our constitution that those empty-headed demons indulged in a vicious crime like gangrape can get a seven years or maximum of life imprisonment as there is a sacred quote under Section 376 D which reads “Where a woman is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intention, each of those persons shall be deemed to have committed the offence of rape and shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than twenty years, but which may extend to life which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life, and with fine:

Provided that such fine shall be just and reasonable to meet the medical expenses and rehabilitation of the victim:

Provided further that any fine imposed under this section shall be paid to the victim.” (Courtesy: Advocatekhoj.com)

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Isn’t it a shame for us as a resident of a country which boasts of its culture that our constitution hasn’t felt even the need to mention the provision of capital punishment at the first instant? Our politicians are largely responsible for this.

Witnessing the outrage of the common masses the case went in the court of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Prime investigation agency of India and we all are well aware how much this has worked so far to solve crimes? Followers of Hindu Ekta Manch were protesting to demand that the case should go to CBI and when the case has finally been transferred to CBI, they are celebrating their victory that they can save the accused. This shows their trust in the institution. Because they know they Every time there is an outcry on such a sensitive matter, the case goes to CBI which has struggled to give justice on cases like the Suryanelli Gangrape case, 1996; Badaun Gangrape Case, 2014 and Bahraich Gangrape Case, 2016. Undoubtedly there would be a lot of hues and cries for a few days but still, these barbarous acts will be repeated as we have failed to deliver justice to those victims and left an opportunity to seek politicians leverage and take the vested interest. Could it be any lower for an organization like “Hindu Ekta Manch” when they tried to give it the colour of communalism? Does ever the basic essence of Hinduism allow us to be in support of any perpetrator leave aside these salacious demons as they do not even deserve to be mentioned when we talk about Hinduism?

Far from these opportunists who didn’t even spared the dead body of an innocent soul to fulfill their selfish motives, the J&K Crime Branch deserves a pat on their back for their commendable job who didn’t allow any leniency at the time of filing the charge sheet even after the accused were from the police department itself.

When gang rapes have spread like an epidemic in our nation, why do the responsible persons sitting in power hesitate to declare a mandatory capital punishment for these rapists who do not deserve to witness the light of the day? Why are we still busy in declaring the severity of a gangrape victim while discussing the punishment for these nasty filths. How beautifully the eminent novelist Novoneel Chakraborty had said; “Rape is such a heinous invasion of a person’s privacy that we, more of often than not, can only sympathize but never empathize” in the foreword of my novel I Had Also Loved Someone a novel centred on the theme of a gangrape victim? Aren’t our honourable Court of Justice is trying to just sympathize by detailing the severity of gangrape as they can never empathize with the agony of the victim? Why they are failing to understand that as the existing laws have failed till now the declaration of a mandatory capital punishment for these rapists is an urgent necessity and not an option to ponder upon!