Death Penalty for Child Rapists Updates: President Kovind Signs Ordinance To Provide Strict Punishment

President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the executive order to introduce death penalty for child rapists.

Death Penalty for Child Rapists Updates: President Kovind Signs Ordinance To Provide Strict Punishment

The Union Cabinet had cleared the ordinance for death penalty for child rapists.

New Delhi: Today, President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the executive order to pave way for providing stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years. The Union Cabinet on Saturday at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the ordinance and was waiting for the President's approval. The changes were cleared by the government amid nationwide anger triggered by gory details of the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

Here are the updates:

Apr 22, 2018 13:13 (IST)
Sometimes Rapes Can't Be Stopped, Why Make A "Big Deal", Says Union Minister Santosh Gangwar
Union minister Santosh Gangwar stepped into controversy today, saying while such instances were unfortunate, they cannot be stopped sometimes and one "should not make a big deal out of it".

Sometimes Rapes Can't Be Stopped, Why Make A 'Big Deal', Says Union Minister
Apr 22, 2018 12:59 (IST)
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hailed the ordinance to amend the existing Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and said it is a historic decision.

"This is a historic decision by the cabinet, such a law is needed to punish people who commit such heinous crimes," Mr Singh told ANI.
Apr 22, 2018 11:22 (IST)
President Signs Ordinance On Death Penalty For Rape Of Children Under 12
President Ram Nath Kovind today signed an ordinance to pave way for providing stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years.

President Signs Ordinance On Death Penalty For Rape Of Children Under 12
Apr 22, 2018 11:22 (IST)
President Ram Nath Kovind signs executive order for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for child rape: news agency PTI
Apr 22, 2018 11:17 (IST)
  • Death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years.
  • In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, the minimum punishment has been increased from 10 years to 20 years
  • The minimum punishment in case of rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of seven years to 10 years.
  • The centre said rape probes and trials cannot take more than two months each.
Apr 22, 2018 11:15 (IST)
Death For Rape Of Children Below 12, Says Government, Clears Executive Order
Maneka Gandhi, union minister for women and child development, had floated the idea of changing the law to introduce death penalty last week amid national grief and anger over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

Death For Rape Of Children Below 12, Says Government, Clears Executive Order
Apr 22, 2018 11:14 (IST)
  • The centre signed off on an ordinance, or emergency executive order, to introduce capital punishment for child rapists on Saturday.
  • It is seen as an effort to signal the government's commitment to fight sexual crimes against young girls.
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