Are POCSO act and the ordinance, serious step or another politically driven decision taken in haste ?

By April 22, 2018 Buzzfeed
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POSCO act, the protection of children from sexual offences act(2012) was formed to protect children from sexual abuses. Yes people, ironically “to protect”. The act seemingly has fallen prey to the deaf, dumb, corrupt society in India.

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What now makes the news are the few amendments proposed in the form of ordinance, by our
recent government.
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It clearly states:

  • In case of RAPE of a girl below the age of 12, the punishment will be death penalty, life imprisonment or a minimum imprisonment of 20 years.
  • In case of gang-rape of a girl below the age of 16, the punishment will be imprisonment for the rest of life.
  • In case of rape of a girl above the age of 16, the punishment will be imprisonment for 20 years (earlier 10 years) which is extendable for rest of life.
  • In case of rape of a woman, the least punishment has been provided to be 10 years (earlier 7 years) which is extendable to life imprisonment.
  • Investigation and trial of all cases of rape are to be completed within 2 month.

With all the above few mentioned points , the action is truly welcomed and appreciated.

BUT! A question that is constantly distracting my mind is, how can one categorize the penalty for a gruesome incident like RAPE on the basis of the age of the victim. Will a 13 year old feel less than what the poor 12 year soul is going through? Why is the extent of damage thought of as another criteria for deciding the term of punishment? Can anyone ever really understand what mental damage the victim and family goes through Is this a real serious step ?or just another politically driven decision taken in haste? Who shall be answerable when a death penalty will be inapplicable if the victim is 12 years and 2 month old? Will this be really effective in bringing about the change which we Homo sapiens are wishing to see in this era?

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Aishwarya Bhat

Aishwarya Bhat

Sometimes a moody writer, sometimes it's all about being invariable. A vicar of my own thoughts, I try to weave memories into strings and gather a garland of words. Writing on social issues is my personal favorite but I also imbibe in the art of poetry. Doodling my way from soil to stars, I sketch sarcasm in the sarcastically possible way! All these amalgamated with my sense of writing provide a fine finish to my artistic skills.

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