President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday signed the ordinance approved by the Union Cabinet to provide stringent punishment, including death penalty, to those convicted of raping a child under 12 years of age, news agency PTI reported.
President signs ordinance to provide stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years
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The ordinance was approved by the Union Cabinet on Saturday, a move that is seen as an effort to signal the government’s commitment to fight rising sexual crimes against children.
Earlier, the government informed the Supreme Court that it is actively considering amending the POCSO Act to award death penalty to child rapists.
Four States – Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana have already passed legislations that provide death penalty to those convicted for rape of children below 12 years.