Target: The Government of India
Goal: Enact stricter punishment for juveniles who have committed offenses of a serious nature, such as murder or rape
In India, juveniles up to the age of 18 cannot be tried as adults in cases of serious crimes such as murder or rape. For those who commit such intolerant acts, the most severe punishment they will ever receive is a maximum sentence of three years in a reform facility. The lax nature of this law arguably invites young violence-prone individuals to take out their aggression on others. Appeal to the Government of India to enact stricter punishment for juveniles who commit these terrible crimes.
The recent tragedy in India that resulted in the death of a student who was gang-raped illustrates the incongruity of letting a juvenile off the hook when it comes to intolerable crimes. Before she died, the young 23 year-old allegedly told her mother that the youngest of the six accused rapists had “participated in the most brutal aspects of the rape. ”
While the other five, who are above the age of 18, face the possibility of the death sentence, the youngest will receive a maximum of three years in a reform facility if convicted. Certainly, a punishment this lenient will not deter other minors from violence, nor will it likely result in penitence from the young accused.
Social rights activists are now calling for stricter punishment for juveniles found guilty of serious crimes and many petitions are now circulating that call for a change in Indian laws. Because rape in India is steadily increasing, action must be taken to show men of this country that such heinous acts will not be tolerated. At present, the laws seem to suggest that punishment for rape and murder is either too lax or will not be carried out at all.
Ask the Government of India to recognize the ever-growing problem of rape and murder, and voice concern over the current laws in place. In offenses of a serious nature, juveniles should face punishment that is commensurate with the magnitude of their crimes.
Dear Government of India,
The time has come to reform juvenile law in your country. At present, delinquents who commit acts of a serious nature, such as rape or murder, will never face a sentence exceeding three years in a reform facility.
This is a tragedy, for it does not deter young people from violent acts nor does it result in penitence from those sentenced. A mere three years is a short price to pay for destroying human life, regardless of the convicted person’s age.
Please change your juvenile sentencing laws in order to deter crime in the future. It is a disgrace to let delinquents escape severe punishment when they have committed severe crimes.
[Your Name Here]
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