Rape isn’t cool,Chop off their raping tool

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Rape is undoubtedly a heinous crime and an issue of great concern in India today. Despite enacting new laws with stringent punishments and setting up fast-track courts, things have not changed much. With more rape cases are coming to the fore and covered in the news, few questions always come to our mind.

 

Anger. Rage. Helplessness. Frustration. These are the emotions I have gone through in varying degrees since the news of the rapes in Unnao and Kathua shook the nation.

An eight-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Jammu’s Kathua in January 2018 – allegedly to intimidate the Bakarwal community; a teenager was allegedly raped by a BJP MLA in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh last year. The heinousness of the crimes and the collective apathy of the administration and the shameful audacity of those defending the accused had me convinced about the hopelessness of the times we live in.

 

Punishments Across the Globe
Let us look at the punishments for rape convicts in different countries:
1. Saudi Arabia: Being an Islamic country, the legal system of Saudi Arabia is based on Sharia – Islamic law. The punishment for rape, or for that matter any other crime like murder, drug trafficking, sodomy, robbery, and apostasy is public beheading. It is said that while beheading, the victim is given a sedative. This is done in in a public place where the victim is made to kneel down facing Mecca and his head is beheaded with a single stroke by the police.
2. China: In China too, strict punishment is given to rapists. Rape is a brutal crime and a death penalty is declared once the rapist is convicted. This is done by firing a single bullet at the spinal cord joining the neck. Another punishment given to the rapists in China is castration. The same punishment is given for other heinous crimes too. It is worth noting that the court proceedings are very quick.
3. North Korea: In North Korea too, there is no leniency when it comes to punishing a rapist. The offender is either shot in his head or vital organs by a firing squad. This kills the convict relatively quickly and provides instant justice to the victim.
4. Afghanistan: Even in Afghanistan, the Islamic law is followed for punishing the rape accused. The rapist is either hanged to death or shot dead by a bullet in the head. The punishment is given within four days of the crime.
5. Iran: According to Islamic law, death penalty is essential for rapists. In Iran too, a rapist is given a death sentence. Even for other crimes, death is the penalty. Sometimes, the rape victim settles the case by taking compensation. In such a case, the rapist gets away with 100 lashes and sometimes imprisonment.
6. France: The rape laws and punishments are more defined and extensive in France. An individual, if found guilty of aggravating a rape incident, is liable to 10 years of imprisonment. If the rape victim dies, the term is increased to 30 years. A rapist is given a life imprisonment if the victim undergoes any kind of torture and is subjected to acts of barbarism even after the rape.
7. USA: In USA, punishments are enacted depending on the different types of sexual assault, which also include rape. Punishment is categorised as 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree rape punishments. The maximum sentence for rape is life imprisonment, which could be 30 years in jail.
8. Greece: In Greece, the rapist is punished with incarceration

The main purpose of this petition is to amend a law to make the punishment to  more cruelsome and the justice should be served sooner,this kind of justice should ignite a fear in every a**h**e who gets the thought of rape.



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