Govt will amend law to ensure death penalty for child rape: Maneka Gandhi

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New Delhi, April 14: Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Saturday said the central government was planning to amend the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act to ensure death penalty for those convicted of raping children below the age of 12.

Currently, the maximum punishment for aggravated sexual assault on minors under the POCSO Act is life imprisonment. The law came into force in 2012 and deals with sexual offences against those below 18 years.

“I am deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all the recent rape cases that have happened on children. I and the ministry intend to bring an amendment to the POCSO Act asking for death penalty for rape on children below 12 years,” Gandhi said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, she stated that-BJP-government “speaks less and works more” and has taken speedy action in the Unnao and Kathua rape cases.

“You sometimes think that if we are silent it means we are doing nothing. There have been arrests in both the cases. The government has taken every required step. It is not necessary that we speak first and then act. Our government speaks less and works more,” Gandhi told reporters.

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