Karuna says he's not in favour of death for rapists
Posted on: 07:15 PM IST Jan 05, 2013
Chennai: Finding fault with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's 13-point action plan for women's safety, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on January 5 said he was of the firm opinion that awarding solitary confinement till death to rape convicts alone could check such heinous crimes.
"Like social thinkers and legal experts, I have never supported death penalty. My view is that solitary confinement till death to sexual offenders is the apt punishment to them. Though the state government has not taken my opinion, I hope the Centre will take necessary action," he said.
Referring to Jayalalithaa's views that sexual offenders would be brought under the purview of Goondas Act, the DMK patriarch asked, what is the guarantee that the perpetrators would not again indulge in such crimes after coming out of prison?
He said the Chief Minister's 13-point action plan could be added to her list of "unfulfilled promises." He also accused the Chief Minister of misusing the Goondas Act against opposition.