DCP moots 'Bobbitisation' of molesters

Perpetrators rightly deserve the punishment, as trying them in ambit of law is waste

DCP moots 'Bobbitisation' of molesters

what’s your story?: DCP Basavaraj Malagathi interacting with girls at a programme in Mysore on Thursday. Secretary, PLF, Babu Raj  looks on.  dh photo

This is not a dialogue from any Saikumar starrer Kannada movie, but assertion of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and order) Basavaraj Malagathi.

He was addressing the gathering at a programme on ‘Girl child labour in domestic sector’, an interaction with children and their parents. The programme had been organised by People’s Legal Forum and Kiriya Pushpa FHP, Mysore at JSS Law College premises in the city on Thursday.

The DCP said he was sorry to use the particular phrase, but it was natural for a cop to react in this way, whenever they come across such cases.

He said, perpetrators in those cases rightly deserve the punishment as suggested by him, as trying them within the ambit of law is a mere waste.

Narrating an incident that had occurred in Badami, when he was a Dy SP,  the officer said three youth had raped a girl. The girl had suffered injuries on her cheek as the accused had bitten out a part of the flesh. Worse is, the girl’s suffering didn’t end here as the doctor she was taken to, too  exploited her sexually.

When this is the stark reality, the culprits in the case, have to be severely punished, said Malagathi defending his statement. He said sexual abuse of girl child labourers is rampant among IT society. He cited the example of Bangalore where, the IT people disrobe such girls forcing them to do chores in nude.

Malagathi appealed to the parents to take care of their kids as they also have a role to play in fighting the menace.  Member, Karnataka Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KCPCR), Dr Madhu said if teachers, parents and also government work in tandem the issue can be addressed. He levelled a grave allegation on police too for violating laws related to child welfare.

Madhu said, according to Juvenile Justice Act, torturing kids amounts to violation, but it is exactly opposite in reality. According to Right To Education (RTE) Act, education is compulsory for only those children in the age group of 14 to 18 years.

 What about those below 14 years?, he questioned. He said education is imperative as half of the population is children. The NGOs hava a pivotal role to play by conducting bridge courses to bring those kids to the mainstream of the society,  Madhu suggested.
Secretary, People’s Legal Forum, Babu Raj, co-ordinator, project manager, Kiriya Pushpa, FHP, Fr Johannes were present.

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