In times of incredible pain and trauma, some wilt while others find a way out. Last week, an 18-year-old woman in Nagpur was abducted and gang raped by two men.
However, in a remarkable show of grit and presence of mind, she escaped her perpetrators when they fell asleep after getting drunk, locked them up and took away their mobile phones to the police. This act of courage is what helped the police identify the culprits, reports the Times of India.
As per reports, the accused tied her up, forced her to drink liquor and gang raped her. Both alleged perpetrators are reportedly repeat offenders and currently on the run. The survivor, meanwhile, is a first-year college student, who aspires to become a beautician.
She was abducted on her way from home to a beauty parlour in the Kushi Nagar area of Nagpur, where she is currently undergoing training. Under Section 376D of the Indian Penal Code, the punishment for gang rape for all the perpetrators involved is rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 20 years, “but which may extend to life which shall mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life, and with fine.”
However, a court may also pronounce a death sentence if the case falls within the “rarest of rare” doctrine. In the Shakti Mills gangrape case, the three perpetrators were given the death sentence.
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“I am constrained to hold that the mitigating circumstances like the young age of the accused, their socio-economic conditions and non-existing chances of their reformation, pale into insignificance in the light of the aggravating circumstances. Hence this case, without any doubts, falls into the category of the “rarest of rare,” said the court, when adjudicating on the Shakti Mills case.
However, tough laws aren’t enough. The police need to first nab the alleged perpetrators of this horrific crime, try them in a court of law and ensure that they get convicted. Our system cannot let repeat offenders off the hook.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)