Congress opposes chemical castrations for rapists

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 22:14 hrs

The Congress party has opposed chemical castrations but said it was in favour of harsher life imprisonments and death sentences in rare cases, in suggestions to a panel appointed to review laws against sex offenders.

Rape convicts should be hanged only in the rarest of rare case, the Congress has said in its suggestions to the Justice JS Verma Committee, that were sent on Saturday, media reports said.

The committee, set up to suggest changes in the laws on crime against women in the wake of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a woman in Delhi last month, has asked for recommendations from all sections of the society including political parties.

In its suggestions, the Congress has called for more women in the police force and at least one woman officer in every police station dedicated to all complaints of sexual abuse which include rape, stalking and sexual harassment at work.

The party has also sought legal opinion from experts to amend laws dealing with juveniles, expressing concern that no criminal of heinous crimes should get away for being underage.

The recommendations came a day after the senior Congress leaders, including Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister AK Antony and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit met to finalise them.

The suggestions come as the six accused for the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus last month, face trial.

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