Castration of rapists a solution for child abuse: Madras High Court

Madras High Court Justice N Kurubakaran has stated that castrating child rapistsand sex offenders is the best punishment. He said, “Suggestion of castration looks barbaric, but barbaric crimes should definitely attract barbaric model of punishment. Many may not agree with this. Still, everyone needs to understand the stark reality in society and appreciate the punishment suggested.”

Justice N Kirubakaran made these statements when he was passing orders on a plea  from a foreigner for quashing a case against him. The man is facing charges of paedophilia in Tamil Nadu. In 2011, the man, a British national, allegedly paid money to the mother of a 15-year-old boy, promising to educate the boy. He then took the boy to Delhi and assaulted him. A case was registered after an organisation moved court and rescued the boy, the report says.

According to a leading daily’s report, Justice N Kirubakaran pointed out that crimes against children had risen by 400% between 2008 and 2014. He also spoke about countries that have made castration a punishment for child sex offenders in countries like the Poland, Russia, Estonia and certain states in the US.

According to the publication, Justice N Kriubakaran reportedly said, “”In spite of many penal laws and the recent POCSO Act, 2012 prescribing severe punishment for crimes against children, the number of such cases has increased from 38,172 in 2012 to 58,224 in 2013 and to 89,423 in 2014. When law is ineffective and incapable of addressing the menace, this court cannot keep its hands folded and remain a silent spectator, unmoved and oblivious to the recent happenings of horrible blood-curdling gang rapes of children in various parts of India. It would not only be injustice done to the child abuse victims, but would also amount to violation of the oath taken by this court.”

The comments from the Justice came in the light of the gang-rape of two children in Delhi last week.