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~ Even more important is to bring into focus the demand for a wide definition of rape and stringent punishment, after the brutal Delhi gangrape and murder. This as well as the Shakti Mills case involved lower-class, delinquent men, while the victims were from the middle class. It was convenient to demand stringent punishment. When an initial Bill was prepared, various groups were more concerned about what was excluded than understanding what was included and its implications. If the death penalty has to be awarded for a 19-year-old, for a poor, socially backward boy for committing gang rape, what should the corresponding punishment be for a father figure and the highest authority in the organisation, for finger penetrating a young colleague, as per the regime of stringent punishment? And what would be the “mitigating circumstances“ the court can consider in such a case? THE TEJPAL CASE, FAR REMOVED FROM THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DELHI AND MUMBAI RAPE CASES, PUTS `PEOPLE LIKE US’ ON TRIAL. ITS OUTCOME WILL DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY WE WILL TURN INTO”~ Flavia Agnes hillele.org/2013/11/24/tejpal-test-for-people-like-us-flavia-agnes/
Posted on: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 04:30:09 +0000

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