Flames of anger are engulfing the nation from almost all quarters in the Kathua case of an 8-year old girl who was raped and murdered in J& K.
Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said that her ministry will bring an amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on death penalty for rape of children below 12 years of age, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has assured that that her government will bring a "new law" on the same lines.
Here's what leading TV actresses, Divyanka Tripathi and Daljiet Kaur, have to say regarding the horrendous crime which was committed:
"A woman's modesty is not limited to certain religion, sect, caste or nation. Any human being must strive to safeguard it, men and women alike. This is where we must forget boundaries and do justice. When a woman has been treated like an object by a certain lot of people, they have certainly lost their sense of humanity. Kathua gang rape was as bad as all rape cases. Rapes won't stop ever! These heinous men have attacked someone else's daughter. Tomorrow, it will be yours and mine! We shouldn't cry foul then because we didn't react now! Something as animal-like as a cruel gang rape of a child is being subject to protests! People have to go on strikes for such cases to bring them in notice! Why can't action be taken simply straight up?"
Added Divyanka, "Things won't change till we put each rape case under fast track investigation and conviction. The punishments should be as cruel as the crime. These criminal-minds should fear the outcome of being caught after such a crime. She wasn't a Muslim, a Hindu or a Sikh. She was our daughter! We should be ashamed that we couldn't protect her and get her justice at the earliest.
Castration or death penalty, we asked? "Either... Or maybe both!" Divyanka thundered, "Nothing lesser can suffice irrespective of the age of the criminal. A boy should be taught from childhood how to behave with women. If he can't, he shouldn't be spared even if he's a juvenile," Divyanka concluded.
"It is disgusting to talk about these incidences happening so often in our country. I think even calling the offenders animals is degrading poor animals, even they protect their family and have more humanity than these criminals. The offenders should be publicly sentenced to death... these cases have to stop. These inhumane people need to shiver in their pants before even thinking of doing something like this. I think the countries who have strict laws... where a hand is cut off if you even steal is perfect for the condition of our countries where security for women and children is low. Such extreme laws need to be implemented to make these devils stop. I wish these culprits are caught soon."
Added Daljiet, "I think these kind of crimes need death penalty nothing less. Cutting off a part is not good enough. These small kids have not even started understanding the world... how can someone gang-rape them?"
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