Child sexual abuse: SC asks for ‘harsher’ punishment

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday favoured tougher punishment for child sexual abuse, molestation and rape.

Hearing a petition filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyer's Association which demanded that those accused of child sex be castrated, the apex court said “we can suggest harsher punishment in child rape cases. But we cannot direct a particular punishment for the crime. This is in the realm of legislature and within the domain of Parliament. It is up to Parliament to take a decision."

The Supreme Court women lawyer's association had filed a PIL in the court seeking a direction to the Centre to consider imposing "castration as an additional punishment for child sex abusers and child rapists.

Chemical castration involves the administration of antiandrogen drugs which reduce sex drive, compulsive sexual fantasies and capacity for sexual arousal.

News24 Bureau