Hyderabad Rape Case: Will Hanging Convicts Decrease Rape Cases, Asks Aparna Sen

Rohini Chatterji

Amid growing demands by lawmakers and common people for violent forms of punishment for the accused in the Hyderabad rape and murder case, filmmaker Aparna Sen asked if hanging the rapists would bring down crimes against women in India. 

“The perpetrators of Dr. Reddy’s rape & murder will probably will be hanged. The whole country is baying for their blood, and with due cause. It is the most horrific of crimes. But then what? There won’t be any more rapes? The rate of rape will substantially decrease?” Sen said on Twitter. 

In another tweet Sen said, “I truly doubt it! There’s something ‘rotten in the state of Denmark’ and that’s what has to be explored and addressed!”

Sen’s remarks were made in the light of several lawmakers like Jaya Bachchan and TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty saying the rapists should be lynched in public. 

After saying the public should be left to judge what to do with the four people have been arrested in the incident, Bachchan said outside Parliament, “If you have not been able to provide security then leave it to the public to give judgement.”

DMK’s P Wilson, meanwhile, said courts should be empowered to surgically and chemically castrate convicted rapists before they are released from jails to check repeat offenders.

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