Srinagar  22 April :

After the nation wide outrage regarding the Kathua and other rape incidents across the country the govt has come up with a law of capital punishment to rapists of minors.

The government has come under fire for not doing enough to prevent sexual-assault cases, many involving children.

Nearly 19,000 cases were registered in India in 2016 – more than 50 each day.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to the Criminal Law Ordinance, 2018, which allows courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children below 12 years of age.

The executive order was cleared at a special cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The Ordinance will now have to be ratified by both Houses of Parliament within six weeks, once they reconvene.

The Ordinance recommends a minimum of 20 years’ imprisonment or imprisonment for rest of life and the maximum of death for the rape of girls under 12. In case of gang rape of a girl below 12 years, the minimum punishment will be imprisonment for the “rest of life” and the maximum, death sentence. For the offense of rape, of those above 16, minimum punishment has been increased from the rigorous imprisonment of 7 years to 10 years, “extendable to life imprisonment”.

The proposed Ordinance also removes the provision for anticipatory bail for those of raping or gangraping a child under 16. “It has also been provided that court has to give a notice of 15 days to the public prosecutor and the representative of the victim before deciding bail applications in case of rape of a girl under 16 years of age,” the government said in a statement.

 

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