Rape of the Law

Two rape cases in India made headlines this morning, one committed by an “underage” criminal and another by a senior citizen “spiritual guru”.Image

In the first case, a teenager (six months short of turnign 18 years) found guilty of a brutal gang rape of a young woman on a Delhi bus last year was sentenced to three years in a reform facility, the maximum term possible for a juvenile.

The mother of the victim, in tears, said the court should rather set him free right away if that was all the country’s law had for punishment. She had been demanding a death penalty for all the five accused.

The father of the girl said it appeared that being born in India as a girl child was a crime. He said, after hearing the judgement he even felt female infanticide should be legalised if the country could not provide security and justice to its women citizens. At least this would save parents the pain of seeing their daughters brutally raped and murdered.

In the second case,  rape accused, a self-proclaimed godman 72-year-old Asaram is hiding inside his ashram rejecting the deadline of August 30 for his appearance for questioning by police. Image

Instead, he sent a fax to the police of his ill-health and death of his relative being reasons for him being able to come in the stipulated time and sought more time for appearance for investigation.

Incidentally, Asaram is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl and inmate of his Jodhpur ashram. 

In his fax, Asaram had said that police should take care that his followers are not traumatised. “At least in case of a saint, police must keep this in mind”, it said. 

My question: Does this mean that we should commit crimes or resort to violent revengeful acts just before turning 18 or after crossing the 65 milestone?

Some hope, indeed.



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