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India: Why it is wrong on the part of the government to propose ‘naming and shaming’ offenders who haven’t been convicted

India, the largest democracy in the world unfortunately possesses a government that leaves a lot to be desired. Leaving no stone unturned to disappoint the very people it was elected to protect, the Indian government has time and again come up with laws and policies that make little or no sense.

The latest in line is Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s Independence Day announcement that a list of sex offenders would be made publicly available on a national portal, to be launched soon, in order to keep the public alert. Additionally, the thinking is that these offenders can and will repeat their crimes and hence need to be monitored. However, there’s a catch- this proposed list would also include names of offenders who are in the chargesheet stage, i.e., one does not have to be convicted of their crime to be proclaimed as a ‘sex offender’ to the world. Full Article

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