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SYP suggests life imprisonment for rapists

Gurpreet Singh Mehak , Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh sahib, January 07, 2013
First Published: 16:11 IST(7/1/2013) | Last Updated: 16:15 IST(7/1/2013)

'Sikh Youth of Punjab' (SYP), the youth wing of the hardliner group Dal Khalsa , on Monday suggested that the criminal law should be amended to award life imprisonment without parole to rapists.

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 Talking to media persons party head Ranbir Singh informed that his party has sent suggestions to justice JS Verma Commission, which has been set up to study stringent laws for preventing crimes against women, after the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi in December last year.

He said, "The law must be amended in such a way that the rape accused should be subjected to life imprisonment till death. While those involved in the brutal rape cases must be put in condemned cells till death."

Pertinently, the gang rape of the 23-year-old woman on December 16 has evoked strong reactions from all quarters of society with many asking for capital punishment for the accused.

He said, " Death sentence is not a deterrent for any crime. Most of the countries have abolished it, so India should also follow the suit. However, he said, some strict conditions have to be imposed in life sentence itself: parole and commutation of the sentence should not be granted to the accused sentenced to life imprisonment".

In his letter to jurists, SYP leader harped on a 'cultural sanction' of rape in India. "The state in order to teach a lesson to a population seeking self-determination, allowed its security forces, which enjoys impunity, to use rape as a 'tool' against them and also against tribals' considered pro-Naxal sympathisers.
 
Reminding the dishonouring of hundreds of Sikh women by frenzied mobs during the November 1984 genocide, he recommended the commission and through it to government of India to evolve mechanism to end this 'cultural sanction' of rape and bring members of the security forces under the purview of anti-rape law.

He also suggested that vulgarity in songs and movies that instigates and provokes violence and sexual abuse against women, must be checked and curtailed.

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