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JUSTICE FOR CHILD RAPE

The country appears to be switched on to another amend-the-law mode following two dreadful cases of child rape and murder. Out of our raging fury comes all kinds of suggestions for punishments, ranging from lynch mobs to castration. However, it is difficult to determine whether the proposed adjustments would provide the most effective and practical deterrent against such inhuman acts.

At present, the rape charge under the Penal Code carries a mandatory jail term of between five and twenty years as well as whipping. Murder is punishable with the mandatory death penalty. Logically, there fore it is unwise to amend the law to make rape equally subject to the ultimate punishment because that would make the rapist resort to killing his victim since he would think that he has nothing to lose. But then rapists, as psychologists say, act large on overpowering impulse, and when committing the act, do not stop to think about what punishment they might face.

What is clear is that there must be a more deterrent law on rape, and if need be, a specific law on child rape. At present, 67% of rape victims are under 16 years of age. There are calls for stiffer punishments under the Penal Code which must reflect the severity of the crime.

Stiffer punishment could take many forms. This includes shaming the perpetrators by flogging them in public as suggested by Rais but opposed by the Bar Council, which says that it will not make a difference. Not too long ago, the idea of castration as also brought up but has yet to be taken up by lawmakers.

Perhaps there has to be a study as to what would deter a would-be rapist most from committing the act. If castration or the threat of it serves the purpose, then the law should be amended to provide for this. Other changes to the criminal justice system, such as police methods and parole procedures, must also be considered. The bottom line is to ensure the safety of our children and the security of our environment.

     
  1.

What is the writer's concern in paragraph 1 ?

       
    (A) How to stop these dreadful acts
    (B) Knowing of the dreadful cases of child rape and murder
    (C) Suggestions for punishments, ranging from lynch mobs to castration
    (D)

Whether the proposed amendments to the law would effectively prevent such crimes

       
  2.

What is the 'ultimate punishment' as stated in paragraph 2 ?

       
    (A) Castration
    (B) Flogging
    (C) Life imprisonment
    (D)

Death

       
  3.

Why is the present law on rape not effective ?

       
    (A)

The offender knows he will be merely jailed.

    (B) The offender knows he will not be whipped.
    (C) The offender knows he will not be hanged.
    (D) The offender knows he can act on impulse and commit the crime again.
       
  4.

Which word denotes that rapists do not have any control over their emotions or actions ? ( paragraph 2 )

       
    (A) impulse
    (B)

overpowering

    (C) committing
    (D) punishment
       
  5.

The writer provides data that at present, 67% of rape victims are under 16 years of age. What conclusion can you draw from this ?

       
    (A)

Laws are not strict enough

    (B) Police methods are poor
    (C) Parole procedures are poor
    (D) Safety is unimportant
       
  6. The writer suggests that
       
    (A) the safety of children be ensured
    (B) police patrol the streets more regularly
    (C) implementing castration would be more effective
    (D)

a study be done on what would discourage rapists

           
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  Answers : 1) D    2) D    3) A    4) B    5) A     6) D  
 
 
 
 
 

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