CRE­ATE FEAR OF LAW IN RAPISTS

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

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

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