The existing laws related to rape can serve as deterrent if they are effectively enforced and the cases are tried speedily, said the former Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, Shivaraj Patil.

Responding to a question by reporters on Saturday about bringing amendments to existing laws related to rape, Mr. Patil said it was necessary that cases of rape are registered by the police first. These cases need to be effectively investigated and prosecuted. Speedy trial and delivering judgement within a three-month period can act as deterrent, Mr. Patil said.

“The existing laws are effective, if judgements are pronounced in quick time. For this police need to conduct investigation in a scientific way and the prosecution should effectively present its case,” Mr. Patil said and added the Commission headed J.S. Verma would look into issues the demand for chemical castration for perpetrators of rape.

Mr. Patil said the recent judgement of the Supreme Court has cleared all doubts the State government had regarding the process of appointment of Lokayukta following the order of the Karnataka High Court.

Earlier, addressing students of St. Agnes College, Mr. Patil expressed the need for the civil society to be more vigilant and raise their voice against human rights violations.

Of the many human rights violations, only a few come to light, he said.

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