Sounds too crude a punishment to the men concerned, but in fact this is possibly the appropriate punishment the perpetrators of rape deserve. This is what has since been suggested, and rightly so, by the National Commission for Women. The statement, as given by Mamta Sharma, the Chairperson of the NCW, is quoted below:
“Capital punishment is very important. I suggest that they should be made impotent so that they could repent every day of their life. It is very important and unless such punishments are meted out to the culprits, I don’t think women will feel secure in our country.”
The gangrape victim just the other day, a 23 years old paramedical student, is fighting for life in Safdarjung Hospital at New Delhi (India). She is better now, say the doctors, but still in a condition critical and vulnerable. The ghastly incident caused a big furore throughout the country and the issue rocked the Parliament where the parliamentarian in one voice, a rare occasion of unanimity on any issue, demanded death penalty for the rapists. Media gave it the first page coverage voicing the concern of the people in general in the matter most vociferously. The Indian Law provides the death penalty as a biggest possible punishment, but most heinous a crime as perpetrated by the rapists in the instant case demands some thing more. This shall be in the fitness of the things if rape perpetrators are given a life imprisonment in the meantime rendering them impotent to suffer the each day of their life. Some of the Panchayats, particularly in the rural areas of the country, are at their own resorting to such type of punishment by rendering the rapist or rapists concerned impotent, and this they do forthwith implementing the decision themselves the moment it comes to their notice. If the country doesn’t have necessary scope for the purpose in terms of the Law, this should be enacted afresh. The punishment so to be awarded to the perpetrators of such ghastly a crime like rape must be made lawful with immediate effect which the Parliament of the country is competent enough to do.