Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Is Death Penalty The Solution To Reduce Rape Incidents?

By Alon Calinao Dy: As we look back on the Calumpit rape case in Bulacan, too many lives of rape victims were and are still shattered because the law is soft for the criminals who committed the crimes. Whether women wear conservative clothing or not, men should show honor to women as they show their respect to their own mothers.

Facebook photo courtesy: Justice For Anria Galang Espiritu

On August 2014, a 26-year-old adult female named Anria "Anne" Espiritu Galang was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the rice field in Calumpit, Bulacan. It was apparent that the woman resisted during the crime, and whoever did this to her was not in the right mind. Perhaps, the perpetrator was using illegal drugs at the time he made this unforgivable crime.

Until today, the family of victim Anne is still crying for justice. Nobody had witnessed the brutal crime, But I pray the time would come that the truth is going to surface and would heal the wounds of Anria's parents. It was very painful to find out that we could not do something about the death of Anria, especially for her family.

Netizens are calling to punish all the convicted rapists with the death penalty to cut their numbers. In fact, my first article entitled Do You Agree With This Kind of Penalization For The Rapist quickly went viral because most people have agreed to bring back the death penalty in the country.

I am not against the teachings of the church, but just like most social media users who are expressing their sentiments to reduce the rape incidents, I guess it is about time to reconsider the death penalty in the Philippines. Let's not wait for a next victim to take place within our household.

Punishing convicted rapists with the capital punishment is one of the best solutions I could see right now due to a rapid increase in the number of offenders. But the most important way to prevent this crime from happening comes from a supportive and a good family within the society.