Friday, 1 May 2015

Deterrent Theory of Punishment for Juvenile Rape

“The swiftness, severity, and certainty of punishment are the key elements in understanding a law’s ability to control human behavior.
I have a single motivation. I want that any crime should be seen in totality of the crime committed. Not just in the law books. When it is clear, visible, and objective that the crime committed was not the product of a juvenile mind but the product of a mind that is capable of premeditation, then the juvenile justice system must waiver the accused to the adult court.
And rape is one crime, which is ALWAYS PREMEDITATED. People can commit a murder in spur of the moment, by mistake, but a person can’t commit a rape at the spur of the moment, by mistake. Therefore, the only thing I want is that the juvenile umbrella must be removed from law books in cases of coercive rape.
In cases of rape, the juvenile body must waiver the accused to adult court. I don’t propose to lower down the age limit to 16. It doesn’t make any sense. Tomorrow, a boy of 14 years might commit a rape and we will start the whole circus again. My concern is not 18, 16, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, or 2…
My demand is that for rape, the juvenile justice system of this country waiver accused to adult court. If a person is adult enough to commit the rape, the person is adult enough to take the punishment, period.” .-- Rudransh Kashyap
Excerpt from ‪#‎IAm16ICanRape‬

Kirtida Gautam is a clinical psychologist and the author of novel #IAm16ICanRape: The War Against Rape Culture. 

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