‘Are 14-16 year-old girls not kids:’ Kamal Haasan on death penalty for rape


Nation Next Newsroom | Apr 23, 2018 12:10

Kamal Haasan speaking on the ordinance, regarding death penalty for child rapists under 12, asked whether 14-16-year-old girls were children not.
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Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Saturday speaking on the ordinance, regarding death penalty for child rapists under 12, asked whether 14-16-year-old girls were children not. Haasan questioned the ordinance move, as he felt that children of 14-16 years of age should have also been considered for the same.

As per First Post, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief said, “Why is the death penalty only for rape of girls aged under 12…What about 14, 15, and 16-year-olds, are they not children too? It will take time for them too (14-16 year-olds) to blossom as women. I do not know how to view it.”

Haasan, who addressed his party workers and supporters through YouTube, when asked about the rules he would bring in if his party came in power, said that rules could be formulated. He further added that even now death penalty has been prescribed.

The actor turned politician said that families should most importantly change their mindset regarding the way they raise their sons. He said, “Just like the way we teach the values like chastity and honesty to girls, boys also should be brought up responsibly. Sadly, this was not being done and boys were being pampered and allowed to do what they wanted, just because he is a male.”

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