In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelists -- Meenakshi Lekhi, Mahila Morcha National VP, BJP; Majid Memon, Senior Advocate & National Secretary, NCP; Kunal Kohli, Filmmaker; Indu Malhotra, Senior Advocate; Prasoon Joshi, Lyricist; Sudha Ramalingam, Advocate & VP, PUCL; Kavita Krishnan, National Secretary, All India Progressive Women Association -- discuss whether cracking the whip like never before on rapists is the only answer now and with rape cases jumping by 873% since 1971, isnt it shocking that heavier punishment for rapists is still being debated.
While tributes continued to pour in for the Delhi gang-rape victim who died at a Singapore hospital on December 29, death as maximum punishment and chemical castration for rapists were envisaged in a 13-point action plan suggested on Tuesday (January 1) by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to check the crimes against women. Expressing grief over the death of the 23-year-old gangrape victim, Jayalalithaa said, "The Centre will be requested to amend the laws to ensure the maximum punishment of death penalty and chemical castration for those responsible for rapes". "The offence should also be made non-bailable," she added. The Chief Minister also said fast track mahila courts would be set up in each district to investigate sexual assault cases in the state and efforts would be taken to bring such cases under the purview of stringent Goondas Act. The National Commission for Women (NCW) welcomed Tamil Nadu CM's views that the laws dealing with the crime against women should be amended, saying they would help contain such violations.