New Delhi: Castration. This is Madras High Court's solution to curb growing cases of sex offences against children. In strongly worded order released on Sunday, the Madras High Court has recommended to the Centre to make castration a punishment for those who sexually abuse children.
"The court cannot be a silent spectator, unmoved and oblivious of the horrible blood curdling gang-rapes of children in various parts of India," said a single bench comprising Justice N Kirubakaran in an order dated October 16.
“Blood curdling, horrific, sadistic, terrifying, shocking, cruel and brutal gang-rapes of toddlers in New Delhi, in October 2015 would definitely justify this court to suggest castration as an additional punishment for child abusers, especially, child rapists,” said Justice Kirubakaran whose 2014 order recommending mandatory pre-marital potency tests created much controversy.
Between 2012 and 2014, the number of these crimes has increased from 38,172 to 89,423. "The law is ineffective and incapable of addressing the menace," he said.
Countries like Russia, Poland and nine American states punish such criminals by castrating them, the judge said.
The court was hearing a petition filed by a British national, who is facing trial for sexually abusing a Class IX boy from Tamil Nadu after taking him to Delhi in 2011 on the false promise of better education.
While the court granted relief to the accused by staying a Red Corner notice issued by the Interpol against him, it recommended castration as a punishment for child sexual abusers.