Amid nationwide grief and anger over the rising minor rape cases, the PM Modi government has said it has started the process to amend law to introduce death penalty for rape of minors below 12 year of age.
Central Government, in a letter, submitted to the Supreme Court, said that it has started the process to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce death penalty for rape of minors till 12 year of age.
Centre submitted its report while responding to a PIL filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, seeking maximum sentence of death penalty to those offenders involved in the rape and brutal murder of children between the age group of 0 to 12.
The apex court three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, fixed the matter for further hearing to April 27.
Govt begun process to ensure death penalty for child rape under POCSO Act. We suppose to do this much earlier. Well, better late than never. But ensure it’ll come into effect immediately. Last year, SC awarded death sentence to 4 convicts in Nirbhaya case and We’re still waiting.
Govt begun process to ensure death penalty for child rape under POCSO Act. We suppose to do this much earlier. Well, better late than never. But ensure it'll come into effect immediately. Last year, SC awarded death sentence to 4 convicts in Nirbhaya case and We're still waiting.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) April 20, 2018
The Centre has requested to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to ensure the maximum punishment of death penalty for rapists of children below the age of 12. The Centre under the guidance of PM Modi is on a major move to curb all those criminals committing a crime on minors. Especially those involving in Sexual harassment.
In the wake of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, there is a nationwide clamour for the most stringent action for the perpetrators in the case. The rape case of an 11 year old girl from Surat, too, has evoked a sharp response from all quarters of the society.
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal had gone on a hunger strike demanding death penalty for the accused in Kathua and Unnao rape cases. The hunger strike, which was ongoing for ten days ended on Friday after the Centre’s submission in Supreme Court to amend the POCSO Act. Maliwal, during her fast, had insisted that: “If PM Modi could implement demonetisation in a single night, then he could ensure a “system for women’s safety.”
UP CM Yogi Adityanath, in front of whose residence the Unnao rape victim had attempted self-immolation claiming BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associates had raped her, held a meeting with top officials of the state, including the police and from the women and child development department, where it was decided to write a letter to the central government to strengthen the law in this regard.
Voicing her concern over the Kathua incident, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi had earlier said: “I am deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all the recent rape cases that have happened on children. I and the ministry intend to bring an amendment to the POCSO Act asking for the death penalty for rape on children below 12 years”.
The Prime Minister had assured that the government would go to any heights to fulfill its responsibility and deliver justice to the Kathua and Unnao rape accused. Speaking in London, PM Modi warned against politicising rape.
President Ram Nath Kovind also delivered a strong message over the horrific incidents, saying:
“Any society’s biggest success and primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of its children.In the country, in some or the other corner, our children are today becoming victims of heinous crimes. An innocent girl has been the victim of a crime that can’t even be imagined.”
I have always maintained that those who rape minor girls are not humans and don’t deserve human rights. I support Death For Rapists for such heinous crimes against humanity. My Government was the first to pass the bill with a provision for a death sentence for child rapists.
I have always maintained that those who rape minor girls are not humans and don’t deserve human rights. I support #DeathForRapists for such heinous crimes against humanity. My Government was the first to pass the bill with a provision for a death sentence for child rapists.
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) April 16, 2018
Some state assemblies such as Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh- have passed a Bill approving capital punishment for rape of children between the years 0-12.
Source: Economic Times