The recent gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in the capital has yet again raised doubts about the safety of women on roads where it does not take much for men to turn brutes .
The para-medical student was not only sexually assaulted but also thrown out of the bus like a piece of garbage. She is now struggling for life while the Parliament expresses its distress over the 'heinous' crime. We all remember Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau's innovative thinking in initiating a debate on introducing castration as an 'alternative' form of punishment for rape some time back. With the number of rape cases going up by the day, is it about time we speed up the debate and bring about a strict enforcement?
The debate on chemical castration as one of the viable alternatives to imprisonment of serial rapists as a form of medication to deter repeated sexual crimes by men is catching up. Taking a leaf out of the debate of how 'a needle can be mightier than the sword', we find out other plausible formulae that can pose as eligible methods in deterring the 'libido' in men!
Demystifying chemical castration
Chemical castration is like a misnomer. This form of medication involves a drug that reduces the testosterone count in men resulting in a drop in sex-drive. However, this does not have a permanent effect on the sexual mechanism. Once discontinued, virility is regained.
While advocating chemical castration as a stringent substitute to judicial punishment, actress Divya Dutta said in an interview, "this will instill a sense of fear in rapists who have been blatant and unabashed about their criminal act. It is important to deter the 'I-can-get-away-with it' attitude."
Chemical castration has been implemented with positive results in places like Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin, to discourage sexual-offenders. India is still on the path of emulation. The very thought of going sexually paralyzed will make rapists vulnerable.
Rapist Alert: How about a Radio collar/tag?
For all those who feel that the above proposition is ethically objectionable and that rationality and humanity should predominate in decision-making, then, this idea might seem plausible.
Remember Lindsay Lohan taking refuge in larger jeans and high boots after being ordered by the judge to wear an alcohol-monitoring device on her ankle? To escape the prying eyes, Lindsay had to come up with ways to hide her bracelet.
Similarly, imagine the plight of a rapist walking around with a radio anklet on, and people casting dirty looks at almost identifying him as an outcaste.
Arpita, a school student thinks the idea is worth giving a shot. Says she, "radio collars will psychologically hit the rapist, because it is not always the physical mutilation that is worrisome, emotional scars are much deeper. This initiative will work as a realization button for the rapist."
Radio tracking will not only help in estimating the population of rapists but can discourage rapists from repeating the crime and avoid public resentment.
A permanent tattoo on the forehead
Tattoos attract attention. So why not engrave them on the foreheads of the rapists, following the old school yet popular technique of 'Mera Baap Chor hai' in Bollywood films.
A tattoo as a visible marker of humiliation can be a feasible idea to defame a rapist in public eye. Rosy Xess, a mass communication student believes that "tattoos can be a social contributor this way and not remain just a 'fashion statement'."
Parade them naked and get them whipped
Rapists will dread this day. Their imprisonment will be touched with a 'whip.' The idea is to parade them naked and have them whipped by the public.
This way, the otherwise monotonous imprisonment curriculum of the rapists will also be taken care of.
Ideas can be varied. They may stem from different perspectives but the motive behind every idea is common, i.e. shame the rapist.
So what according to you would be a perfect idea to deter a rapist?