Coming straight to the nub of the matter, let me begin at the very beginning by first and foremost expressing my full and firm support to the growing perfectly justified demand that seeks chemical castration for child rapists. It must be done as early as possible to ensure that those who indulge in child rape get their due punishment swiftly so that a right and loud message goes across the society that rape will no longer go unpunished, unchecked and unabated. This is certainly the crying need of the hour.
It merits no reiteration that the April 22 ordinance came in the aftermath of the brutal rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. Enough is enough! Now no more wastage of time!
Let me be direct in saying that much water has flown under the bridge since January 13, 2016. Two and a half years have elapsed since then! Centre has itself brought an Ordinance seeking death penalty for child rapists! This alone explains why SCWLA has made a fresh plea to the Centre seeking chemical castration of child rapists.
This alone explains why in October 2015, Madras High Court too had asked the Centre to mull castration as a punishment for those who rape children in order to deter sexual assaults on minors. Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court had also acknowledged that its recommendation could seem “barbaric, retrograde, stone-aged and inhuman,” but said traditional laws were not enough to cope with such crimes. Why should those who resort to the horrendous and ghastly crime of child rape be shown undue leniency?
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.