Supreme Court to hear on Monday PIL by women lawyers’ association for castration of child rapists

Supreme_Court_of_IndiaThe Supreme Court of India will hear a PIL filed by Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA) seeking castration of those convicted of rape of children and other child sex offences on January 11.

The PIL filed on December 12, 2015 for SCWLA by Anita Bafna, Advocate of Record will be heard by a bench consisting of Justices Dipak Misra and NV Ramana.

Ministry of Law and Justice and Ministry of Women and Child Development of the Government of India have been made parties to this PIL.

Case Title Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA) v. Union of India & Anr.
Case No. Writ Petition (C) No. 4 of 2016 [PIL]
Bench Justice Dipak Misra and Justice NV Ramana

The petition inter alia has made following prayers before the Court:

Issue writ, direction or order to the Union of India, the respondent No. 1 to consider to impose castration as an additional punishment for child sex abusers and child rapists;

Issue writ, direction, or order to the respondent No.2 (Ministry of Women and Child Development) to frame guidelines in regard to the protection of the children from sexual abuse and impose castration as an additional punishment for the rape of the minor girls to protect their constitutional rights.

The petition has contended that only castration can be an effective deterrent against these crimes. It further contends that the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act brought in specially to combat such offences in 2012 has failed to prevent sexual assault on minors as the punishments provided therein are nothing different than general punishment provided in the Indian Penal Code.

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