In recent years the rising crime rate particularly crime against women has made the criminal sentencing by the courts as a subject of concern. There are shockingly a large number of cases where the sentence of punishment awarded to accused is not in proportion to the gravity and magnitude of the offence thereby encouraging the criminal and in the ultimate making justice suffer by weakening system credibility.
According to reports by Indian national crime records bureau reported 338954 crimes against women including 38947 rape cases in 2016, the most recent government data available. That’s up from 309546 reported incidents of violence against women in 2013.
This year Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi issued an executive order allowing the death penalty as a punishment for people convicted of sexually assaulting a child under 12. Basically, it focuses on death penalty when a girl is being raped under 12. What if she is raped after 12 don’t she has the right to seek justice. But deep inside we all know that justice is being served in rarest of the rare cases and their basic human right “right to live with dignity’’ is not being fulfilled at all.
Stricter laws apparently did a very little to prevent 34 girls from being tortured and raped at government funded shelters in India’s Bihar state earlier this year.
Unfortunately, execution does not extradite violence against women. As records show there is no decrease in number of cases of crime against women. Death sentence being a deterrent I think it has not proved to be so all over the world.
· SO, WHAT IS THE SOLUTIONS TO ALL
India population is 48% female but women just hold 12% of the seats in legislature that falls below the 30% critical mass that the United Nation equal opportunity commission believes is necessary for women lawmakers to be influential in policymaking. Having women in government and in political offices can lead to more and better laws that safeguard women’s well-being.
I believe the ability of the judges to solve the cases quickly, the vicious and victim protection system. These are the things that can assure better prosecution and once there is prosecution once people worry that the government will take very quick action in these cases there will be some control because at this time that fear of government authorities is required.
The government must allocate adequate resources for the effective implementation of laws, improve conviction rates and ensure certainty of justice in all class.
At last I want to add
“Justice for Nirbhaya!
Justice for Asifa!
Justice for Anjali!”
Only the names keep changing.
Every time the same question arises but no one knows the answer and cares about it until it comes on them. We are living in a society where every one of us should be responsible and accountable towards the women security and we should do make a promise to follow this because a man is made by his words, by staying on his promise.
ATUL SINGH B.A.- LL.B. (1st Year)
LLYOD Law College