Madras HC’s order calling for castrating child rapists evokes mixed response

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New Delhi/ Mumbai/ Chennai, Oct 27 (ANI): The Madras High Court has created a stir by recommending the state government to consider chemical castration as a punishment for child rapists. Reports suggested on Monday (October 26) that Justice N Kirubakaran, in a strongly-worded directive on October 16, recommended castration as an effective deterrent for sexual predators, as traditional laws have seemingly failed to prevent such abuses against children. The court order evoked sharp reactions from social activists and lawyers, who were divided over the suggestion. Advocate and human rights activist from Chennai V Suresh said the order was fallacious. Abha Singh, activist-lawyer from Mumbai, approved the court order. However, Congress leader Manish Tewari said punishments like castration would make India akin to Islamic State. Reportedly, Kirubakaran said castration would lead to ‘magical effects’ and bring down the number of offences against minors. He also slams human right activists for harbouring ‘misplaced sympathies’ for rapists.

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