Apart from the death penalty, a specific legislation providing for additional punishments like chemical castration of the offenders in the rarest of rare cases is the need of hour in such cases”, Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association representation.

The representation has been signed by senior advocate Mahalakshmi Pavani,  Bhakti Pasrija Sethi and Prerna  Kumari, the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the SCWLA respectively.

It said further the term “child” requires to be defined, regard being had to the situation obtaining in the resent day society. “Definition of child must include both small girls and boys between age group of 0 months-12 years. Because in the recent past there have been uncountable incidents wherein small boys have also been sexually exploited and raped and have suffered untold pain and agony.