11/01/2016 2:16 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

SC Wants Stringent Punishment For Those Convicted Of Raping Children

Indian schoolgirls hold a placard and participate in a silent rally against the rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi, in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police said was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Monday suggested the Parliament to think of awarding more stringent punishment to those convicted of raping children.

The apex court made the observation during the hearing of a plea seeking castration of child abuse convicts filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA).

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The petition contended that only castration can be an effective deterrent against these heinous crimes.

As many as 892 cases of child rape have been registered in 2015.

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