Dhananjoy Chatterjee raped Hetal Parekh and killed her. He was hanged to death today many years later.
Is justice done?
Personally, I feel death is too easy an escape. He should have lived to regret it. To think how his life would have been if not for the heinous act. To beg for forgiveness and not get it. To see his daughter grow up into a woman (I don’t think he has one), and learn about him. To want to die, yet have to languish in prison.
The hangman said on TV that Dhananjoy showed no regret.
My closest friend once told me that the best punishment for rape would be to convert the man’s sex and make him a woman through some hormone injections or whatever, and let him know how it feels to be a woman. Because rapists generally are extreme versions of the Male Chauvinist Pig and take great pride in their masculinity. So why not unburden them of it? And the change, of course, should be permanent: he will be a woman all his life.
I admire my friend greatly for this idea, all the more so because he is a male.
Really, punishment should induce regret, not self-righteousness.
Also, isn’t death penalty going to make conviction all the more difficult?