Aren’t laws usually supposed to make at least a little bit of sense? Because if it wasn’t meant to punish the men, why was the punishment applied to the men? Wha?
It was meant to punish the men. Its just that the reasoning for punishing the men was that the daughter was the father’s property and laying her without his permission was vandalism. But this was after the 13th amendment was ratified, which rendered human property unconstitutional. So they couldn’t actually say that.
Punishing men was the means, not the end. The point wasn’t to punish men, it was to protect girls by punishing men.