CREATE FEAR OF LAW IN RAPISTS
Apropos ‘Death penalty isn’t the answer (HT Comment, April 16), the question then is how do we curb heinous crimes, especially rape. Today, more than five years after the Delhi Nirbhaya rape case, the four rapists have still not been hanged. Even the death penalty has, thus, lost its power to deter. The only way to create fear, as such criminals do not understand any other language, is to mandate physical/ biological castration of rapists with life-long sentence. Setting up of fast tracks courts and immediate execution of death sentence can also work. The media and the political parties must also refrain from politicising such issues.
BN Anand, Mohali are revolting, but the real danger is that they also make us immune to reacting like decent humans. The concept of normalcy itself is called into question by such incidents. Equally worrying is the silence of our ruling class that garnered votes on similar issues in 2014. Even in such incidents, the identity of the victim seems to matter rather than putting up a united face and fighting for justice. Where is the country headed to? All that the political class can offer are assurances.
DS Thukral, Ambala