Should those accused of child sex be castrated? That is the question the Supreme Court summoned and asked the Attorney General on Monday morning. The Supreme Court’s question came while hearing a petition filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyer’s Association which demanded that those accused of child sex be castrated.
The Supreme Court directed the Attorney General to check with the Centre on its stand regarding the same.
The Supreme Court women lawyer’s association had filed a PIL in the court seeking a direction to the Centre to consider imposing “castration as an additional punishment for child sex abusers and child rapists”. The court is expected to hear the PIL filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA) after January 4, when it reopens after the winter break.
“Only castration can be an effective deterrent. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act brought in specially to combat such offences in 2012 has failed to prevent sexual assault on minors as the punishments provided therein are nothing different than general punishment provided in the Indian Penal Code,” the plea filed by SCWLA General Secretary Prerna Kumari said.
The PIL came two months after the Madras High Court asked the Centre to consider castration as a punishment for those who rape children in order to discourage sexual assaults on minors.
But what are they going to do to any women convicted?