Any Delay in Punishing Convicted Rapists Affects Justice, Says Jamaat Vice President
NEW DELHI, MARCH 21— Vice-President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Muhammad Salim Engineer has expressed concern over the delay made in punishment awarded to those convicted in the Nirbhaya rape case.
“It is a matter of relief that the government and the judiciary were finally able to award the highest punishment to those convicted in the Nirbhaya rape case. Justice was delivered after more than 7 years with the hanging of the four convicted of gang-raping Nirbhaya in December 2012. We are concerned about such a long delay to punish convicted rapists,” said Salim Engineer in a media statement on Saturday.
The four convicts were handed to death around 5 AM on Friday.
Jamaat leader said that delay in executing punishment in such cases affects justice.
“The family members of the victims have to undergo a lot of suffering and trauma. This delay affects justice and shows that there are some technicalities and loopholes in our judicial procedures, which are exploited to delay the punishment,” he said.
Ensure Fast Execution of Justice in Kathua and Unnao Cases
He demanded fast execution of justice in the Kathua and Unnao cases also, saying that “those who have political connections (in these cases) can influence and delay their imminent punishment.”
“The government must ensure that there is no delay in awarding justice as it is tantamount to denying justice. Jamaat favors harsh punishments for heinous crimes as it acts as a deterrent for people with a criminal mentality.”
An 8-year-old girl was abducted, brutally gang-raped and murdered in Kathua of Jammu in January 2018. A 16-year-old girl was also abducted and gang-raped in Unnao of Uttar Pradesh in June 2017. Accused in her case include a BJP lawmaker who was recently awarded 10-year imprisonment for murder of her father.
Jamaat leader also supported the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 which allows the setting up of new fast-track courts and installation of special forensic kits in all police stations and hospitals to expedite investigation in rape cases.