‘Death penalty may not prevent rape’. Letter to the Editor by Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, Sichrem.

There is no doubt that the rapists should be given stringent punishment.But the  proposal of death sentence for rapists of children below 12 years may not serve any purpose except putting the life of the victim in peril,as the statement of the victim is the strongest evidence against the accused.Moreover, the deterrent effect  of death penalty is disproved time and again.It only satisfies once urge to take revenge.The desire for revenge is not a noble human instinct and the delivery of justice need not be by taking life..When more and more countries are on the path of abolishing death penalty,India should at least restrain from bringing capital punishment for more and more crimes.
Mathews Philip.

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