Rapist should be punished by death in India!

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According to official figures from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), the rape of young children and women has increased for the past two years.

Severe punishment for the rapists, even when caught, is rare.

India's official crime data show the number of reported rapes of children increased from 8,541 in 2012 to 19,765 in 2016.

Bangladesh, China, Afghanistan and even Pakistan all hand out the death penalty for rape and these countries are one of those who "do not tolerate rape".

"Ours is a society where discussion of child sexual abuse is taboo. There is a culture of silence that pervades our homes and our institutions in addressing this issue with the seriousness it deserves."

India has amended its laws to increase accountability of police and other officials dealing with violence against women, which has had a positive impact.But the change is slow and studies suggest that a large number of rapes in India still go unreported.

The slow pace of the justice system has also been cited as an issue.

Long-drawn-out trials in India often mean that victims have to wait years before they can get justice. And in cases where the death penalty has been handed out, those convicted have many chances to appeal against their sentence.

Amendments should be made to the criminal laws of India. Even though rape is treated as terror but the punishment for rape is less severe. Rapist should be punished by death and once they are convicted of a rape, their right to appeal against the sentence should be revoked.