|a tribute by Julie McCarthy of NPR||a BBC interview with Damini’s father|
India saw a tragic conclusion to an intensely watched incident. The 23-year old victim of gang-rape passed away. The protests that gathered steam at India Gate, broke down with grief and demanded severe forms of punishments including death by hanging. One such popular form of punishment being toyed around was chemical castration (ChemCast) of the rapists. The Congress party quickly picked up chemical castration as a viable deterrent to rape.
In my opinion, they are trying to appease a seething mass of protesters into believing they are tough on this violence against women.
To understand the confusion, let us first lay to rest some popular misconceptions regarding ChemCast:
- No, they do not pour acid over erring organ
- No, the erring organ does not fall off
- No, it is not all that painful. an injection’s needle prick is all the pain
- No, the loss in libido is not permanent, it lasts for three months only
Interestingly, due to some strong myths being busted above, I would have disappointed many Indians that are demanding a severe punishment to convicted rapists.
Chemical castration in a way is a cure for hypersexuality which often pushed a person to sexual crimes, so I would classify it as a curative rather than punitive option.
– Dr Rommel Tikkoo, Max Super Speciality Hospital Saket.