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Will Indian men allow laws for chemical castration?
The word rape has become so common in our magazines and newspapers that we read it and turn the pages as if it were usual to read such news. And we are partly right in our actions. Nobody ever stops to see until it happens to us. If it has happened to someone else, the least we can do is offer sympathy - because we have been taught that life is supposed to be lived forward.

THE GOVERNMENT and experts might be talking about punishment of chemical castration for rape convicts. However, good set of society are ready for oppose it - largely males in India. Khap Panchayats in Haryana have already resisted the demand for death penalty for rapists by saying that such laws can be misused.  The government has constituted Justice Verma committee to rewrite rape laws and tasked with submitting its report within 30 days after the Delhi gang-rape case that shocked nation and world consciousness but medical experts have said that it is easier said than done.

How can government make the laws against males? We have the right to live in society. If gang rape is shocking crime, death sentence or chemical castration is equally heinous act and inhuman,” said Tushar Jain, Convenor of males rights in Kolkatta.

I will say males’ ego and their dignity will come first. They are never going to recommend laws like castration. How can they ready?” said Ayushi Kumar, sociologist, graduated from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Transgender Association President has criticized the demand of chemical castration for rape accused. He said while addressing media that rape accused deserved the highest punishment indicated in criminal law but the policy makers should think of human rights of every citizen including rapists. He also added only transgender would know the agony caused by defective sex status. In the absence of any particular status this community have been in business of begging.

The panel for rewriting rape laws have just constituted and these people are jumping to save rapists at any cost. The days are not far when Public-interest litigation (PIL) will be seen in court to save the males dominated society. I am sure males will oppose it. At the end of the day females have to bear the brunt of do and do not list. The government will wash their hands by saying that things are not working or some parties are not supporting this cause,” said Suman Jaikar, Senior Advocate in Mumbai Session Court.

The human rights, legal, health angles and males dominated society will only complicate matters of chemical castration. Medical experts have another story to say about it that drug used for chemical castration works for just 90 days and person has to take fresh dose of drug every three months. It is a reversible process and once convicts stop taking doses, he can become normal as male hormones can regain with other medicines.

It is clear this is not going to work in populated country like India. The major problem lies with tracing the convicts every three months and injecting drug once person out of jail. Above all, forceful giving drugs to any person is complete violation of human rights in democratic country,” added Jaikar.

Jaikar further suggested that the Justic Verma panel has to take into consideration all opinions before finalization of draft. However, she thinks that Indian males will take u-turn when the questions of deterrent punishment comes in discussion.

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