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Human rights body AHRC criticises Madras High Court for recommending castration of child rapists
Human rights body, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has flayed a recent suggestion by the Madras High Court to the Centre that it should consider amendment in the penal court and include castration of child rapists as punishment.

The AHRC in a release said that this suggestion by the High Court illustrated the medieval and barbaric thinking that still finds place in the Indian justice process.

The recommendation was made by High Court Judge N. Kirubakaran while dismissing a writ application filed by a British national accused of sexually molesting and assaulting a minor.

The AHRC pointed out that the logic Justice N. Kirubakaran cited for his recommendation, something far removed from legal intellect and expertise, is that "barbaric crimes should definitely attract barbaric models of punishment."

Advancement in punitive jurisprudence, to which India is not alien, has concluded at least a few decades ago that it is not the severity of punishment that prevents crime, but the certainty of it. Guaranteeing punishment for crimes is not a Gordian Knot. But, to untangle the mess, one has to dive deep into what is known as the criminal justice process in the country, AHRC added.

AHRC said that there is no change in India's crime investigation procedures and its policing principles. The human rights body added that it was at the same spot where the British introduced them.

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