An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said this while hearing a petition filed by Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association seeking castration of child rape convicts.

The bench told the petitioner's lawyer Mahalakshmi Pavani that emotions and sentiments could not be a basis for framing of laws for providing stringent punishment for convicts. The court noted Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi's submission that law-making power was within the domain of parliament and the same could not be exercised by courts.

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