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Lessons from Kathua
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India, June 12 -- The Kathua case verdict, pertaining to justice for the eight-year-old girl, who was brutally raped and murdered to send out a political message to herders in Jammu that they should move out or risk threats to their existence, has no doubt been fast-tracked. Yet there is a feeling of inadequacy about it. First and foremost, many questioned why three of the accused were sentenced to life when the Modi government had brought in an ordinance prescribing the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 to set an example and a deterrent. Let us emphasise that it was issued following the gruesome violence of this specific case. Of course, that had set off a debate as to how the death penalty meant that ...
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