Will death for child’s rapist serve the purpose?
Enhanced terms of imprisonment and introduction of death penalty will deter a child and his/her family from registering an offence against a family member, relative, or known perpetrator, and hence will be counter-productive. The fear of the death penalty will serve as a pressure upon children and specially their family members and make them reluctant to report the matter and, in fact, even turn hostile, as the trauma and guilt of sending a relative or someone they know to the gallows can be onerous. This can be achieved by ensuring that children are protected and supported when they courageously report sexual offences; child-friendly procedures are followed diligently; investigation and prosecutions are strengthened; and the necessary personnel, resources, and child friendly courtrooms are in place.continue reading.
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