Monday, January 14, 2013

India considers female-only judges for rape trials

In India, in the wake of news reports about a brutal gang rape, there are proposals being discussed to change the law so that the judges and prosecutors in rape cases, not to mention the doctor who examines a rape victim, should only be women. Moreover, the prosecutor would be chosen by "the victim."

Last we reported that in the wake of the protests over the Delhi rape case, false rape claims are rampant in India.  We wonder if India will change the law so that trials involving false rape claims will have only male judges? That's, of course, extremely unlikely, and we certainly hope it doesn't happen. That's as kooky as the proposal to have only female judges for rape trials.