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Child rape case: Madras High Court suggests castration

A Madras High Court bench here has told to the Centre to consider castrating those who abused children sexually as the present law is “ineffective” in strictly dealing with such criminals. In a strong judgment by Justice N Kirubakaran said that the “current law is ineffective in dealing with such criminals and judiciary could not keep its hands folded and remain a mute spectator, especially when the recent happenings of gang rape of children across India are reported”. The judge quoted the observations recently while dismissing a petition filed by a UK national seeking to quash sex abuse proceedings against him in a lower court. “The suggestion to castrate may look barbaric. But barbaric criminals needed barbaric punishment. The very thought of punishment should deter the criminal from committing the offence,” the judge observed. “In the name of human rights violations, some activists who first sympathise with the victims later support the criminal also. They are placing unwanted sympathy. Human rights were applicable to the victims,” the judge said.