Only 12% rape accused awarded life term in Gujarat – RTI reply
An application was filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking the status of the rape cases in Gujarat from January 1, 2001 to June 19, 2009.
The reply to the application has revealed that only a few convicts accused of rape get life time imprisonment in Gujarat. The data provided in the reply shows that a mere 12% of the rape accused get lifetime imprisonment. The number of convicts amounts to just 5 who have got a life-timer during the past decade.
The reply also stated that another 12% of the accused was given 11-15 years of imprisonment. In around 50% of the cases, the accused had to been sentenced to between 6 years to 10 years of imprisonment. Also, in 21% of the cases, the rapist served only 5 years of imprisonment or less. The figures for the rest of the state would be worth knowing.