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Nirbhaya’s Father Finds no Logic in Cabinet Approving Death Penalty to Child Rapists, Says Decision Taken in View of Lok Sabha Polls
"I don't see logic behind bringing this ordinance. This is just being done in view of the general elections in 2019. I have been battling over last six years to secure justice for my daughter and yet the culprits have not been hanged," News18 quoted him as saying.
New Delhi, Apr 22: Nirbhaya’s father on Saturday claimed that there was no logic behind the Union Cabinet’s decision of awarding death penalty to those convicted of raping minors (children below 12 years of age). He said that this decision was taken in view of general elections in 2019.
“I don’t see logic behind bringing this ordinance. This is just being done in view of the general elections in 2019. I have been battling over last six years to secure justice for my daughter and yet the culprits have not been hanged,” a media report quoted him as saying.
The man emphasised that there should not be any “differentiation between the rape of minors and adults”. “Rape is rape, be it of a minor or an adult. Why the ordinance has the provision for death penalty for those found guilty of raping children below 12 years only? All rapists should get life term or death penalty, irrespective of the age of victim,” he told PTI.
He also pondered over how a juvenile convict will be dealt with under the newly passed ordinance of pronouncing death sentence to the convicts held for raping minors. One of the culprits in the Nirbhaya’s (his daughter) case was a juvenile, and the Juvenile Justice Act mentions that no minor can be sentenced to death. Nirbhaya was raped brutally by six men in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012.
He was of the view that “Rapists don’t have fear in their minds, it’s the biggest reason such acts are committed”. He said that life term or the death sentence should be given to those convicted of raping women and children, irrespective of their age.
Asha Devi, mother of 2012 Delhi gangrape victim also maintained the same stand as the victim’s father on the ordinance to amend POCSO act. “Yes for minors under 12 (rape victims) it is a good step, but what about ones who are older? There is no more heinous crime than rape, there is no larger pain. Every rapist should be hanged,” ANI, a news agency reported her as saying.
The Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in its meeting in New Delhi. The ordinance recommends the death penalty for rapists of children below 12 years of age.