Karanataka HC recommends capital punishment for rape

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Stating that gang-rape is more dangerous than murder, the Karnataka High Court has recommended capital punishment for gang-rape in addition to the existing provisions of life imprisonment with fine.

The Court made the above recommendation while upholding the life sentence imposed on seven accused of gang-raping a student of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore in 2012.

The judgment passed by a Division Bench of Justices B Veerappa and K Natrajan reads,

“We hereby recommend the Legislature/Central Government to further amend the provisions of Section 376D of Indian Penal Code – Gang rape into capital punishment in addition to the existing provision for imprisonment of life and with fine on par with the provisions of Section 376AB and 376DB of Indian Penal Code keeping in view of definition of ‘Woman’ under Section 10 of Indian Penal Code in order to curb the menace of ‘gang rape’ in the society at large,” the court said.

The court also noted that “rape is not only an offence against victim girl but a crime against the entire society.”

(With Inputs from Bar & Bench)

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