India is grappling with rapidly rising incidence of violence against women. Among various crimes committed against a woman, one that often comes to our notice is rape. Many say rape is an expression of power by a man against a woman. But, what would you say when subject of male violence is a child who is bare few months old. What injustice an eight year old girl committed to deserved being raped? As if, not satisfied raping a girl child, some explore her private parts by inserting sharp and/or blunt objects. In one such case in Delhi, after raping and inserting a bottle inside a five year old child, perpetrators locked her up in their rented apartment and fled the scene. Are these normal human beings or monsters? How can we stop such actions? How can we bring to book perpetrators of such crime?
Recently, under public pressure after brutal rape of an eight year old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, government of India has brought forward a crime that will allow child rapists to be given death penalty. I think, it to be a good idea. Many erudite people are opposing the move on the ground that rapist will now kill the victim. We are forgetting that even without death penalty, most victims are being killed or left to die. Death penalty, if cannot instill fear in the mind of a rapist, is not likely to do a major harm. It should be borne is mind, having provision of death penalty for a crime does not mean every criminal will be awarded the same. At least, having the provision to ask for a death penalty, will allow prosecution to ask for the same in cases of brutal crimes.
Government must also relook at punishing juvenile rapists based on the gravity of crime they commit. These people should not be shown leniency on account of age. Many called juveniles have an adult mind, adult urge and propensity to be brutal to their victims. When it comes to facing consequence of their action, we hear after all these are only children. Say that to parents of minor girls who have been violated by young juvenile boys. Many civilized democracies look at the gravity of crime before deciding on punishment. Why India should be an exception? Finally, attention. Must be paid towards building a tight case and speedy trial. For this scientific evidence collection and time bound justice delivery is must.