CHENNAI: In a developing move, a bench at Madras High Court recently suggested the Centre to consider castrating those who sexually abuse children as the present law is ‘ineffective’ in coping with such criminals.
In a strongly worded judgment, Justice N Kirubakaran said, “The present law is ineffective in dealing with such criminals and judiciary could not keep its hands folded and be a mute spectator, especially when the recent happenings of gang rape of children across India are reported”.
The observations were made by the judge lately while dismissing a petition filed by a UK national who requested to overturn the sex abuse proceedings against him in a lower court.
“The suggestion to castrate may look barbaric. But barbaric criminals needed barbaric punishment. The very thought of punishment should deter the criminal from committing the offence,” the judge said, adding, “Under the banner of human rights violations, some activists who first sympathise with the victims later support the criminal also. They are placing misplaced sympathy. Human rights were applicable to the victims”.
Apart from this, the judge also suggested the Central Government to take a final call on making sex education compulsory in high schools.
First Published | 26 October 2015 2:24 PM