Cabinet approves Promulgation of Ordinance for raping children below 12

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New Delhi, April 21: Following an outrage over recent incidents of sexual assault against minors, the Union cabinet on Saturday approved an Ordinance to be promulgated to provide for stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years age and below 12 years of age. 

Meanwhile, the death penalty has been provided for rapists of girls below 12 years of age.

After a meeting of the Union Cabinet here, the government cleared the amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The decision came a day after the Ministry of Women and Child Development told the Supreme Court that it was proposing the death penalty for those convicted of raping children.

The Ministry had told the apex court that the government was “sensitive to the plight of young children” brutally abused in the most horrific manner and proposed to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act by introducing the death penalty to the Child Rapists.

The Cabinet decision came in the backdrop of nationwide anger over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and other several other instances that are surfacing in different parts of the country including a nine-year-old girl in Surat.



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