Death penalty to Rapists, decision likely today

If all goes according to plan,  the cabinet on Tuesday would pass an ordinance that would make rape of a girl below the age of 12 punishable by death. This comes close on the heels of the outrageous rape and murder of the eight-year-old Kathua girl that had left not just Kashmir but a large chunk of the world population in a deep state of shock.
The cabinet meeting would also give a nod to another ordinance to bring in a law on the lines of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act enacted by the Government of India in 2012.
A source told the Greater Kashmir that the cabinet is expected to give its nod to the Criminal Law (Amendment )Ordinance 2018 to make amendments in the Ranbir Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and the Evidence Act.
“The cabinet would amend the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) to allow courts to pronounce death sentence to a person convicted for rape of a girl less than 12 years of age,” an official said, adding the cabinet would also amend the RPC to provide lifer to a person convicted of rape of a girl below the age of sixteen.
The cabinet, he said,  would also amend the criminal procedure code for the completion of investigation in rape cases within the period of two months.
The official also said the cabinet would approve “The Protection of Children from Sexual Violence Ordinance , 2018” to deal with the issues of sexual abuse of children.
“It is replica of the POCSO Act which was enacted by the government of India in 2012,” he said, adding the law would protect children from sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography and provides for the establishment of special courts for trial of such offences. The proposed law also prohibits media from disclosing the identity of a victim including name, address, photograph , family details,school, neighbourhood or any particulars which may lead to the disclosure of  victim’s identity.  The cabinet meeting would start at 11 am on Tuesday.


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