Can being a woman becomes a ground for lesser punishment?

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<p><strong>NO!!</strong> According to the Supreme Court of India, being a woman cannot be a ground for a lesser punishment.</p><p>Recently in a historical judgment, the Supreme Court has set aside a lower court&#39;s order for sparing a woman from Jail term who was convicted of attempted murder.</p><p><img src="" class="fr-fic fr-dib" width="600" height="400"></p><p>The Himachal Pradesh high court had sentenced a woman to two years jail term and a fine of Rs 2,000. When the woman pleaded that she was a woman with three minor children to look after, the court has spared her from sending to the Jail.</p><p>When the case is appealed to the Supreme Court of India, the bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice RK Agarwal gave the historical judgment.</p><p>&ldquo;Women are competing (, with) men in the criminal world; they are emulating them in all the crimes, and even surpassing men at times. Therefore, the concept of criminal justice is not necessarily synonymous with social justice,&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;There was no reason to show any further mercy,&quot; said the bench.</p><p>The bench opined that previously even Supreme Court was taking gender into account while fixing the severity and quantum of sentence. But in the present world of gender equality, where a woman wants to be treated at par with men in every field, they should be punished equally for equal offenses committed by them.</p>
Updated on 02-May-2022 07:55:30