Karnataka High Court upheld the sentence of rigorous imprisonment for seven years on the convict accused of raping a 69-year-old woman, by dismissing an appeal asking for leniency.
A bench comprising of Justice E.S. Indiresh and Justice B. Veerappa stated that the court cannot remain a silent spectator and generation after generation allows injustice being done to women.
According to the bench, as contemplated under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, in order to protect the safety of women, time warrants the courts to protect Dharma and act as guardians, and deal with the violators strictly and harshly with iron hands.
The court observed that they should act as Lord Shri Krishna of Mahabharata in order to safeguard Dharma
The court further stated that a body of a woman is not a toy or a thing to play with for a man he under no circumstances can take advantage of it, to satisfy his lust, and the society is not going to endure such things anymore. The court compared the act of the accused, who was almost the age of the grandson of the victim with a cruel animal.
The court stated that rape is violative of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, and hence, the Courts should deal with such cases strictly and harshly.
The court noted that rape is a severe blow to the woman’s supreme dignity and offends her self-esteem. It degrades and demeans the victim and leaves behind a harrowing experience. A rapist is not only responsible for the physical injuries caused by him, but he also leaves behind a scar on a woman’s dignity, chastity, and reputation.
Reported By : Pranjal Mundhra