Harsher punishment for rape is not enough4 min read 25 Apr 2018, 10:18 PM IST
The likelihood of punishment is just as important as its severity. Increasing the punishment alone is unlikely to be a significant deterrent to rape
In the outrage that followed the rape of two children, in Kathua and Unnao, death for the crime of raping a child was the loudest demand. The sickening details of the two rapes—and undoubtedly of the hundreds of others that do not catch national attention—make the outrage understandable. An ordinance increasing the maximum punishment for raping a child under 12 to death penalty was issued. But whether or not it is going to deter potential criminals is an open question.
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