Punishment for rape

Punishment for rape

Regarding suitable punishment for rapists, the daily Hamara Samaj in its editorial (December 28) writes: "The protesters want the alleged rapists to be hanged on the gates of Red Fort immediately. But the reaction of women's organisations is moderate. They have demanded that the accused not be given death sentence; instead, they should be awarded an exemplary punishment so that one indulging in such a crime lives with a lifelong feeling of self-deprecation. Perhaps this demand is better."

Lucknow-based tabloid Jadeed Markaz in its editorial (January 5) supports the protests but criticises the celebrity response, especially Jaya Bachchan's "crocodile tears". It writes; "Jaya Bachchan's husband backs Modi completely in his ads, who had failed to prevent the rape of so many women in 2002... If they had been given exemplary punishment, this rape may not have happened. Why are they protesting this now?"

The daily Rahnuma-e-Deccan, in its editorial on December 24, says that "the political parties rose above politics and raised their voice unanimously against this bestiality. The most important thing was that the Delhi High Court took suo motu cognisance of this case and asked the police commissioner of Delhi to explain his stand."

An Islamic scholar, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, in an article published in some papers offers this suggestion: "Undoubtedly, a rapist deserves the harshest punishment. But justice demands that he be provided an environment to help him keep away from crime... the government should first make laws that would prevent the act and a pious society would be created, where a person is compelled to think a hundred times before moving towards a crime. Then an appropriate punishment for rape should be thought of ."

Analysing Modi's win

Jamaat-e-Islami's bi-weekly, Daawat, (December 25) trying to analyse Modi's third win, writes: "It is being said that Narendra Modi's success in the assembly elections for the third time is due to the developmental work he has done, but this is only partly true. It is also being said that this time Modi had asked for a vote in the name of Gujarat's asmita, development and sadhbhavana that is, passions were not raised against any community this time. This is absolutely true. As to why this happened, the paper agrees with the observation of an Indian scholar at a British university, Raheel Dhattiwala. If today there is peace and order in Gujarat and there was no riot during the election campaign, it was because Modi did not need it this time... The Gujarat voters have been permanently divided and hatred against Muslims is a fact."

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