President Kovind approves ordinance on death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years
President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the ordinance of death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 was sent to the President for an approval soon after the meeting of Union Cabinet to bring in force a stringent punishment of death penalty for the rapists.
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.
Apart from death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age, the cabinet order also puts in place a number of measures for speedy investigation and trial of rape cases.
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.
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.