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India – #DeathPenalty for Rape – 16 year old raped and set ablaze #Vaw

 This case is an example death penalty  will never be a deterrent for Rape. The death penalty in fact further endangers the life of the survivor as the severity of the punishment then becomes an incentive to end the survivors life.The death penalty in fact further endangers the life of the survivor as the severity of the punishment then becomes an incentive to end the survivors life.The Justice Verma Committee set up in 2013 in response to the Nirbhaya case made strong recommendations against the death penalty, calling it “a regressive step in the field of sentencing and reformation.” Despite that, the Centre chose to exclude this recommendation in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013. Even with regards to POCSO, the problem really is one of lack of conviction and not one of the severity of punishment meted out. Instead of working on effective implementation of the existing act, the BJP has hurriedly pushed forward the ordinance without consulting with people working on child rights and cases of child sexual abuse. By talking about death, the government has conveniently shifted attention from the legislators who have supported and perpetrated these crimes. Instead, by pandering to popular sentiment orchestrated by the media, they seek to gain political mileage from such heinous acts of violence. Masqueraded as concern about growing sexual violence against children, what the amendment actually does is perpetuate the hyper-masculine regime of the BJP – where justice in cases of sexual violence becomes an act of revenge in a sense, with the “honour” of India’s children and women being avenged by the tough manhood of the nation.There is need for all citizens to take up gender sensitization, as a mission to address the rapid growth of sexual violence in the country. We need to provide support to victims and survivors of violence.   

Sagar (MP), May 11 (PTI) A 16-year-old girl died after she was allegedly raped and set ablaze in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, triggering a sharp reaction from the opposition Congress.

MP teen dies after being raped and set afire

Sagar (MP), May 11 (PTI) A 16-year-old girl died after she was allegedly raped and set ablaze in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, triggering a sharp reaction from the opposition Congress.

The incident took place last evening in Jujharpur village, which falls under Khurai assembly constituency, police said.

The constituency is represented by state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, who blamed pornography and “perversity” for such incidents.

State Congress chief Kamal Nath described it as a brutal incident and said “the head of the state”, a reference to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, was busy with national politics and the Karnataka elections.

Giving details of the incident, police said Ravi Chadhar, 28, a resident of Jujharpur village, allegedly entered the girl’s house when she was alone and sexually assaulted her.

Chadhar, who has been arrested, allegedly poured kerosene on her and set her afire when she threatened to tell her father about what had happened, said Kamal Singh Thakur, in-charge of the Bandri police station near here.

She died immediately, Thakur said.

He added that the tragedy was noticed by her younger brother who was playing outside and saw smoke billowing from the house.

“Her parents were in Bandri (around 25 km from Sagar) to attend a function. Her younger brother was playing near the house. The girl’s brother told us that he rushed back home when he saw smoke from the house. He also told us he saw the accused standing near their house,” the officer said.

Slamming the BJP, Kamal Nath said one more innocent life had become a victim of rape “…Such incidents are shameful for the state,” he said on Twitter.

“Incidents of rape and farmer suicides are on the rise in Madhya Pradesh and the head of the state is busy campaigning in Karnataka and national politics,” he added. The home minister announced financial help of Rs 2 lakh to the family members and assured them of all possible help.

“I am leaving for the residence of the girl… Perversity in society is responsible for the rise in such incidents across the country. To an extent, porn sites are responsible for such incidents. We have shut down 21 such sites and also written to the Centre to take action in this regard,” Singh said.

Singh added that the state government had enacted tough laws to award death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age and fast tracking the investigation and trial for such rape cases.

Chadhar has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

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  1. The enactment of law proposing death penalty may not have impact on the rapists

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