Thursday, December 7, 2017

Examining the Proposal of Introducing Sexual Offenders’ Registry/Notification System for India

Following years have witnessed the resurfacing of an old demand for a nationwide Sex Offenders Registry.

What should concern us here is the fact that experience and research on the existing systems abroad prove that the SOR has little utility in curbing sexual offences or making the social environment safe for children. On the other hand, as a total package it is a hugely counterproductive, draconian and regressive measure that shall convert the stray sexual offender into a habitual criminal for whom crime is the only career left.

It is imperative that before our Government pays a serious heed to the demand for a Sexual Offenders' Registry, we should also take a look at all the reasons why it is NOT a good idea!

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