Women favour speedy trial, not death sentence in rape cases
"The Justice Verma Committee's recommendations are right in view of the fact that it has recommended life sentence (whole life) to rapists in a case where the nature of crime is severe," former Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary and currently Chairperson of the Bhopal-based NGO Child Rights Observatory, Nirmala Buch, said.
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"The important issue is speedy trial in such cases, which is absolutely necessary to deter persons from indulging in such acts," she said.
"As far as capital punishment is concerned, the current legal process takes a lot of time in upholding death sentence, which has no meaning if it is executed ten years after the crime," Buch said.
On the issue of lowering the juvenile age from 18 to 16 years in view of such crimes, she said the issue should be dealt with carefully as many a times it has been observed that adults commit crime and shift the blame on a juvenile, knowing fully that nothing will happen to him (juvenile).
Endorsing Justice Verma panel's recommendations on not awarding death sentence to rapists, Barkatullah University's Sociology Department's Reader Ruchi Ghosh Dastidar said, "A lot of feminists are against awarding capital punishment in rape cases as its repercussions are different in
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