Act tough with offenders of crimes against women: SC

Says undue sympathy to criminals would undermine public confidence in judiciary

New Delhi : Courts should shun adopting a liberal and sympathetic approach in awarding lesser sentences for offences against women as it defeats the purpose of deterrence and undermines public confidence in the dispensation of justice, the Supreme Court has said.

“Indisputably, imposition of sentence without considering its effect on the social order in many cases may be in reality a futile exercise,” said a bench of Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose in their judgment pronounced Tuesday but made available Thursday, reports IANS.

“We also reiterate that undue sympathy to impose inadequate sentence would do more harm to the justice system to undermine the public confidence in the efficacy of law,” said the bench.

“The court must not only keep in view the rights of the victim of the crime but also the society at large while considering the imposition of appropriate punishment.

“Meagre sentence imposed solely on account of lapse of time without considering the degree of the offence will be counter-productive in the long run and against the interest of the society,” said Justice Eqbal speaking for the bench.

“The social impact of the crime where it relates to offences against women involving moral turpitude or moral delinquency, which have great impact on social order and public interest, cannot be lost sight of and per se require exemplary treatment,” the court said.

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