Cabinet clears death penalty for rapists of children under age 12
After a huge public outcry, the cabinet has amended the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The proposal to amend the stringent POCSO Act to provide for death penalty as the maximum punishment in cases of rapes of children less than 12 years old has been approved.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is back from a five-day foreign trip, chaired a cabinet meeting to bring an ordinance or emergency executive order on rape.
The amendment was mooted by Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi in the aftermath of the Kathua gangrape and murder case that attracted nationwide anger.
In a video statement, Maneka Gandhi said her ministry intends to seek death penalty for rape on children below the age of 12 years.
Meanwhile, the government has informed the Supreme Court that preparations to amend the POCSO Act are being done.
Apart from this, a discussion to bring the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 as an ordinance will be take place in the cabinet meeting.