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Love, sex & rape

India could take a cue from China, which has introduced an optional subject ‘Love and sex’ in both schools and colleges. Appropos Rape & Remedy (Perspective, September 18), the law is clearly not the answer. In colleges, students, I believe, would be more receptive to the subject than in schools, where the emphasis should be on values and morals.

— Ujagar Singh


Vandana Shukla in ‘Rape & Remedy’ rightly says that cash compensation for rape is reprehensible. Like the practice of offering blood money, it would only serve to absolve the perpetrators of guilt and moral responsibility. It is also unfortunate that increasingly, rapes are being committed by acquaintances rather than strangers. There are cultural issues that need to be addressed.

— Harish K Monga


The only ‘compensation’ for rape victims would be to mete out exemplary punishment, and humiliation, to the perpetrators and in the shortest possible time. Nothing else can restore the dignity, honour and self-respect robbed by rapes. Nothing can remove the trauma. Along with stringent punishment, the police and the judiciary need to become far more gender-sensitive in order to deliver some semblance of justice to the victims.

— Dr S.K. Aggarwal


Trials involving rape should be held in camera and  possibly be tried by women judges. The punishment should be given to the immediate family members of the perpetrators also , for their failure to report  socially unacceptable behaviour, violent streaks and other  aberrations, for which psychiatric counseling ought to be made mandatory. Finally, the government, if it is serious, should  compensate the victims of rape by helping and rehabilitating them financially in a city or state of their choice, helping them acquire skills and education in their chosen field. They should also be allowed to have a companion of their own choice and a monthly allowance paid for a minimum of five years.

— Sunil Sharma


Indian doctors unfortunately do not carry out studies on rape , which is a violent crime and not a medical condition. Cases of sexual assault need to be regarded as a medical emergency. Studies on rapists are also rare.

‘Rape and remedy’ reminded me of the first ‘Rape Treatment Centre’ in the United States, which was launched in Miami, Florida. Studies of patients treated in the first 19 months showed that more than one attacker was involved in 15 per cent cases, attackers were known to the victims in one-third of the cases and in 30 per cent of the cases the attack took place in either the victim’s or the attacker’s home. 13 per cent cases took place in automobiles and 21 per cent of the attackers had a knife or a gun or both. Similar studies in India are necessary to formulate an action plan.

— Dr Avtar Narain Chopra


Neither capital punishment nor cash compensation have acted as deterrent anywhere in the world. The punishment for rape must be such that the offender too is forced to bear a life-long stigma. A consensus needs to be evolved by society on such punishments. The society must also bear the responsibility of providing a balm to the victims and be supportive.

— Dayanand
Ch. Dadri (Bhiwani)

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