snipAfter a 23-year-old girl was raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi last month, young men and women launched protest rallies across the country.When the Indian girl died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital two weeks after the attack, the mass outrage turned more virulent, with protesters demanding the death penalty for the six rapists and seeking stricter deterrents against growing violence against women in the country.
This week it came to light that the party was readying a draft bill to propose a tougher law to punish sexual attackers. Press Trust of India has reported that, for rape convicts, prison sentences of up to 30 years are to be proposed. The bill also includes a proposal for chemical castration of convicted rapists, in rare cases.
One of the six accused in the Delhi case is possibly a juvenile, being less than 18 years old. Although he reportedly inflicted the most fatal injuries on the girl, as a juvenile, he is likely to be let off with a mild punishment. The bill would also seek to reduce the age limit of those legally called "juveniles" from 18 to 15.In India it often takes years or even decades for a court to decide legal cases, including rape cases. The bill would propose to fast-track all rape cases so that they are settled within 3 months.
Okay, I cannot believe that India takes this long to determine a trial. Settling it in three months would be a huge start. I also don't agree with the death penalty in any case, so thirty years along with chemical castration would be okay for me. Some argue the chemical castration is a bad idea because it's permanent and it can't be taken back if one is proven innocent. Perhaps they should have an appeals process before doing that.
I like the idea though because many rapists rape again. Child Molesters almost always violate again. Some of these people don't wait until they get out of prison, some rape in prison. Imagine if we could put a stop to it more often over here.
I also have to say I've been impressed with how men have reacted to the news of the woman being so brutally raped and killed. They've actually laid down in the streets to protest.