Justice N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court on Monday lamented that (India) the land of spirituality and divinity is now being called the “land of rapes”, where even children and toddlers are not spared by “brute beasts.”

He made the comment while referring to a series of incidents, including the alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl at an apartment complex in Ayanavaram in Chennai recently, the reported rape of a 21-year-old Russian tourist in Tiruvannamalai on July 18 and the gang rape of a 22-year-old woman in Chandigarh on July 20.

Observing that these incidents could have been prevented if the Centre and State government had taken serious note of 25 questions raised by him on December 15 last year to address the issue, the judge gave them an ultimatum till Wednesday to answer the questions through sworn affidavits.

He ordered that the Union Home Secretary, Women Welfare and Child Development Secretary, National Commission for Women Chairperson and the State Home Secretary to appear before him on Wednesday if they failed to submit their affidavits on that day. The orders were passed during the hearing of a bail application filed by a group of people arrested for having raped a 60-year-old mentally challenged woman at Koodankulam in Tirunelveli district in 2016. The bail petition was filed in the Madurai Bench of the High Court and heard through video-conferencing.

Data on conviction

On December 15 last year, the judge had asked the governments to spell out the reasons for the increase in sexual crimes and wanted to know why they should not distribute modern safety devices/gadgets which could be used by women at times of distress.

Further, seeking data related to the conviction rate in rape cases, he wanted to know whether the victims were given proper counselling and support system to overcome the trauma apart from payment of compensation. “Is it true that many cases go unreported due to the fear of stigma and exclusion by the society and family?” he questioned.

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