Harijan who sodomised a ten month old baby had his sentence reduced because he was away from his family and hence ‘lost control’. Another child abuser in Kerala was excused because he had a family (the 11 year old victim was thrown out of school). But it seems not all pedophiles and rapists find such support and understanding when random situations cause them to ‘lose control’.
Here’s a verdict that gives hope.
“Castration is the most befitting sentence which can be imposed on any pedophile or serial offender but the hands of this court are tied as the statute does not provide for it… Indian legislators are yet to explore this as an alternative to conventional sentencing,” observed additional sessions judge Kamini Lau.
ASJ Lau sentenced a man to imprisonment for his “entire life” for raping his six-year-old niece and directed the prison authorities not to give him any remission. PT please explain!
“The message to be sent by the court has to be loud and clear, and that is ‘do not mess with a child’ and any person who meddles with the child, male or female, in any manner shall not be spared,”…
The court convicted 30-year-old Nandan for rape, kidnapping and unnatural sex. Calling the convict a “live sex bomb”, the court refused to take a lenient view of his act. “Society cannot afford to have live sex bombs who, if let loose, are a potential threat… particularly to women and children. The convict before this court with his track record of a compulsive sex drive requires to be kept out of circulation,” it said.
Nandan had kidnapped his niece when she was playing with her brother and took her to his house on pretext of giving her ice-cream and raped her … Nandan had earlier tried to sexually assault women in his family but the matter was hushed up to protect family honour…
The court noted that the minor was rescued from the clutches of the convict by her mother and aunt who went to his house in search of the girl. They had found the injured child crying while Nandan was sleeping after committing the crime. [From TOI]
More about this verdict in Indian Express.
“… Nandan … had also threatened to kill her if she informed anyone. …Nandan had also attempted the same offence with another girl, aged 13, who had come to the house of a relative. Though family members knew what had happened, they kept quiet, an act which the judge condemned in her order.
“It is the primary duty of each adult member of the family to identify, expose and act against such persons exhibiting these kind of sexual tendencies and aberrations… It is deplorable that for Nandan’s family, his liberty was more crucial to them than the life of the girl which he destroyed,” the judge said. …
Nandan was sentenced to a prison term for actual life, meaning that there would be no remission after 14 years of jail.
The Indian Penal Code provides only a jail term for sexual offenders. Countries like the US, UK and Germany have started awarding ‘chemical castration’ as punishment.
The court also ordered the Delhi government to pay the victim a compensation of Rs 2 lakh towards her education and welfare.” [Read more – Indian Express]
“A message is required to be sent, loud and clear that wife bashing has no place in a civilised society and violent husbands deserve no mercy,” (Verdict by the same judge)