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MP Cabinet clears the proposal to reward death for rape, but why the ambiguity?

Crimes against women in India form a dark reality of India and this only seems to be getting worse day by day. The pervertedness is propagating so briskly and fearlessly that even females of 1 year of age or even less aren’t any safer.  The picture seems very bleak and the question that arises time and again is, will deterrence do any good to the situation?

MADHYA PRADESH FINDS A WAY OUT 

Taking cognizance of increasing rapes and molestations violating women safety, the Madhya Pradesh Cabinet has cleared a proposal for rewarding death sentence to rapists who perpetrate against females of age 12 or below in the state.

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The Finance Minister of the State, Jayant Malaiya in an address to the PTI confirmed that the Cabinet chaired by the Chief Minister approved the recommendation to hang those who rape girls of age 12 or below. He further added, “we are going to present the bill in the winter session of the assembly which starts today.”

After being passed in the state assembly, the proposal will need to be sent to the center and ultimately the honorable President of India for approval.

MADHYA PRADESH HAS BEEN TOPPING THE CHARTS FOR CRIME AGAINST WOMEN 

The state has been the home to the maximum number of cases of rapes and molestation against women hence women safety has become a plaguing issue in the state of Madhya Pradesh. As per the records of NCRB for the year 2015, the state of Madhya Pradesh has had the highest number of rapes and molestations and other crimes against women in India.

In 2015 the state had 4391 cases of rapes recorded while in 2014 the number of rape cases was 5076. 

 

BUT WHAT ABOUT RAPE VICTIMS ABOVE 12 YEARS OF AGE?

For once you would want to appreciate this move given that the demand for ‘death for rape’ has always been an issue of debate and something that almost everyone agrees to. But then when you further talk about this move you realize that why is this proposal limited to only a certain age group of rape victims. HOW IS THE PAIN AND PLIGHT OF A RAPE VICTIM 30 YEARS OLD OR 50 YEARS OLD ANY LESS THAN THAT OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD? Why such discrimination among the rape victims? The state government might address this too in order to clear the ambiguity around this proposal. Should death be rewarded to all rapists irrespective of the age of the victim in order to deal with crimes against women in India.

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Conclusion: We appreciate the proposal and the objective behind it and we appreciate the MP government for the same. But then we also have this question to ask, as to why is this limited to only a certain age group of rape victims. Other states must learn from this as MP leads the way but at the same time should address the ambiguity too. This would be a great step towards confronting crimes against women in India.

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