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31 August 2012

Castrate Child Rapists: Mizo Women Rights Body

Aizawl, Aug 31 : The largest and most powerful women's organization in Christian-dominated Mizoram has sought castration as punishment for men who rape young girls.

The Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP), at its special assembly held in Aizawl on Thursday, adopted a resolution saying that any man who rapes a minor should be forcefully made impotent by castration.

The delegates, however, did not specify what method should be employed to render the rapist impotent or who would execute the punishment.

Unlike Meghalaya, Mizoram doesn't have a matriarchal society but women have a powerful voice at home and outside. MHIP translates to Mizo Women's United Forum.

At the special assembly, women felt punishments awarded to rapists by courts in accordance with the Indian Penal Code (IPC) weren't harsh enough to work as a deterrent.

The MHIP special assembly also passed a resolution discouraging all Mizo women — unmarried, divorced, widowed and married — from getting involved in relationships with married men and from being in homosexual relationships.

"If such cases are found and proved, the MHIP should take careful steps to ensure that such activities are stopped," the resolution said. MHIP president B Sangkhumi had earlier made an appeal to all the women in the state not to take married men as partners or lovers as the act can and often does destroy families.

On the issue of punishment for those who rape minors, many Mizo women even used the platform of social networks and sent SMSs to local cable TV channels saying that such criminals should be castrated so that they can never commit sexual crimes again.


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