Death penalty for rapists
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Rape has became a serious issue in India nowadays. Everyday i see several rape cases in news channels. Even now India ranked no. 1 for the most dangerous place for the women. Government data shows reported cases of crime against women rose by 83 percent between 2007 and 2016, when there were four cases of rape reported every hour. The (world's) It is a jolt to see India scoring worse than war-torn countries such as Afghanistan or Syria or monarchies such as Saudi Arabia, where women have few rights. Everyone expects more and better for women from India, the world’s largest functioning democracy. That is precisely why it shocks. Fastest growing economy and leader in space and technology is shamed for violence committed against women.
Rape is still constructed as women’s shame and there are so many social barriers for women to talk about it. Everyone blames women. The bus driver in the 2012 incident attempted to appeal his death sentence for the crime by arguing that the victim was to blame. "A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," he said. So what if she was out at 9 o’clock was she carrying a sign board that you can do anything with me. In India time decides the character. If a girl does an late night job and often comes late at home and after some time she get sexually assaulted, everyone would blame her. Did anyone bothers to teach boys that rape is a bad thing? Did anyone taught their sons or brothers not to oversexualise women body parts? There's a tendency to assume the victims of sexual violence somehow brought it on themselves. In a 1996 survey of judges in India, 68 percent of the respondents said that provocative clothing is an invitation to rape. In response to the recent gang-rape incident, a legislator in Rajasthan suggested banning skirts as a uniform for girls in private schools, citing it as the reason for increased cases of sexual harassment.Many rapists still did not understand that what they had done was wrong. An organization found that fear and shame are still major issues for rape victims in India. Women are afraid to report rape not only because they may not be believed, but because of the stigma that would be attached to them as a result, and the humiliation they would have to endure to try to bring their attackers to justice. Studies show that women are more likely to report sex crimes if female police officers are available. India has historically had a much lower percentage of female police officers than other Asian countries. In New Delhi, just 7 percent of police officers are women, and they are frequently given inconsequential posts that don't involve patrol duty, according to the Times of India. Of the 161 district police stations in Delhi, only one has a female station house officer.
India's court system is painfully slow, in part because of a shortage of judges. The country has about 15 judges for every 1 million people, while China has 159. A Delhi high court judge once estimated it would take 466 years to get through the backlog in the capital alone. For rapes that do get reported, India’s conviction rate is no more than 26 percent. There is also no law on the books covering routine daily sexual harassment, which is euphemistically called "eve-teasing." The passing of a proposed new sexual assault law has been delayed for seven years. Perhaps the biggest issue, though, is women's overall lower status in Indian society. For poor families, the need to pay a marriage dowry can make daughters a burden. India has one of the lowest female-to-male population ratios in the world because of sex-selective abortion and female infanticide. Throughout their lives, sons are fed better than their sisters, are more likely to be sent to school and have brighter career prospects. In a recent separate rape case, a 17-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly gang-raped killed herself after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers. Rape victims are often encouraged by village elders and clan councils to "compromise” with the family of accused and drop charges -- or even to marry the attacker. Such compromises are aimed at keeping the peace between families or clan groups. What's more, a girl's eventual prospects of marriage are thought to be more important than bringing a rapist to justice. Rape is a major problem because of gender inequality. Women are also considered as inferior. Many men in our country blames women for rape due to their dressing style.
Rape is also a major issue in India because of lack of strict anti-rape law. The sexual crime graph in India will not go down as long as there is a lack of governance. This is how Indian law punishes rapists:
With an aim of providing a strong deterrent against crimes like rapes, the new law - Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 - states that an offender can be sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 20 years, but which may extend to life, meaning imprisonment for the remainder of the convict's natural life and with a fine.
It has provisions for handing out the death sentence to offenders who may have been convicted earlier for such crimes. The law, for the first time, defines stalking and voyeurism as non-bailable offences if repeated for the second time. Perpetrators of acid attack will attract a 10-year jail.
It also defines acid attack as a crime besides granting a victim the right to self-defence. It also has provisions for imposing a minimum 10-year jail term for perpetrators of such acts.
The laws in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan provide for life imprisonment and the death penalty for the rape culprit. However, their conviction rates differ accounting to the state of law and order in the country. Bangladesh awards rape culprits with a punishment ranging from life imprisonment to death penalty. Afghanistan shoots the rapists dead. Convicted rapists in the country are shot in the head within 4 days or hanged to death depending on the judgment handed out by the court. The punishment for rape in Saudi Arabia is public beheading after administering the rapist with a sedative. Rapists in Iran are sentenced to death, sometimes by hanging but sometimes allegedly also by stoning. Norway is one of the most stringent places regarding rape. Any kind of sexual behaviour without consent falls under the category of rape here, and the perpetrator can be thrown in jail for a period of 4-15 years depending on how heinous the crime was. In the same India should sentence life imprisonment or death penalty as a punishment for rapists.
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