Jayalalithaa suggests death, castration for rapists
Strongly advocating for harsher punishment for rapists in a 13-point action plan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said her government would demand that the Centre amend laws that would ensure chemical castration and death sentence for such heinous crimes.
Her statement comes in the midst of national outrage over the gang rape and death of 23-year-old paramedic. Expressing grief over the incident, Jayalalithaa said the efforts taken in her previous regime, including setting up of all-women police stations and making stringent laws by amending the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, had lessened the atrocities against women in Tamil Nadu when compared to other states. "It is my wish to make the state free from sexual harassment and crimes against women," she said in an official release.
Spelling out the 13-point action plan, she announced various measures to ensure women's safety and prevent sexual harassment. Jayalaliathaa said fast track mahila courts would be set up in each district in the state and women advocates would be appointed as public prosecutors. Sexual assaults would be considered grave crimes and there would be speedy trial of cases on a daily basis.
Goondas Act would be amended to bring in offenders of sexual harassment. Efforts would be made to sensitize police personnel on sexual assault cases, protection of children from sexual offences Act (2012). The programmes would be held at the Tamil Nadu Police Academy, Police Recruit Schools and In-service Training Centres. The state government would accept the medical expenses of the rape victims and rehabilitation measures. On the lines of 24 hour toll-free helpline for children, an exclusive helpline would be set up for women.
- Asian Tribune -