Ayo Kasar, MPS (Rtd.)
Among the crimes, the worst and most hateful crime is “Rape”. This is a serious type of this offence and general public generally take a very sympathetic view towards the victim, and looks at this offence with a sort of repulsion. The infurious mob used to go on a rampage rush to the house of the criminal becoming an emotive mob suddenly trespassing into the house and without any words to the family members who were in a dark, about the incident starts demolishing or burning the house. The mob thinks the action they are taking is in favour of the victim’s family and that law protects them under the provision of “General Exception” of Chapter IV, Indian Penal Code, but, rather, it is definitely liable for punishment under the provision of Chapter VIII, “The offence against the public tranquility” of Indian Penal Code, whether individually or jointly for forming unlawful assembly with a criminal conspiracy to commit an offence or offences punishable even for lifer, as the long arm of law will catch to every offender and book them to law without any group or partial consideration. Law does not exempt to any law breakers, whether he belongs to poor or high family but takes its own course. The mob should also understand that the crime that had been committed either Rape or Murder was not committed by the properties or by the houses, but was committed by the criminal himself/themselve, and therefore the liability for punishment.
The general public may also realise that there are various provisions of Acts and laws other than that of the Indian Penal Code that can be charged or fixed on any criminals, like Security Acts, Collective Fines(Act) etc. There had been a very shocking incident last year in Delhi, where a lady Physio Therapist was Gang Raped in a Bus by four youths, and thereafter ghastly beaten up, dumped somewhere and later succumped to her injuries in Singapur Hospital. The criminals were instantly caught red-handed with the help of the general public and now in Tihar Jail. The addresses and their houses were welly located by every body, but no any mischievous act done on the properties or houses. The Govt. of India is seriously thinking about the rise of Rape in India and therefore ammended the punishment of rape for lifer. Let us also try to restrain from continuing such unlawful activities and instead extend aids to the law enforcing agencies in apprehending the culprits for punishment in time.
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