What the death penalty for child rape overlooks4 min read . Updated: 01 May 2018, 10:39 PM IST
The focus should be on first building a robust protection system to ensure that children's vulnerabilities are not exploited
The most simple and logical question that the increasing numbers of crimes against children lead us to is: what can we do to prevent these numbers from rising and how do we keep our children safe? Common sense would suggest that the answer lies in building a robust protection system by creating vigilant communities and institutional mechanisms to ensure that children’s vulnerabilities are not exploited. Only when children slip through the cracks despite all measures for child protection should the aspect of strict and assured punitive action become relevant. The focus of the latest ordinance that has sought to further strengthen the legal construct in order to prevent cases of child rape has unfortunately overlooked the first crucial step and directly moved on to the second—and that too is not without its shortcomings.