President Ram Nath Kovind Signs Ordinance, Making Child Rape Punishable By Death

Elias Hubbard
April 23, 2018

As people started demanding justice and the present day government was pressurized, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape, on April 21, 2018. In light of horrific rape cases across India and the growing frequency of violence against women, this order is going to create much needed change in the judiciary to get justice for the children who are subjected to such crimes.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved an ordinance to provide the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below age 12 years besides clearing another ordinance to confiscate the property of fugitive economic offenders.

In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment has been increased to 20 years from the existing ten years.

Gangrape of a girl under 12 years of age will invite punishment of jail term for the rest of life or death, it said. Death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years, officials said quoting the ordinance. The following punishment is extendable to life imprisonment.

Following the President's approval, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), The Indian Penal Code (IPC) and The Evidence Act stand amended, the report mentioned. Minimum prison sentences for raping girls under 16 and women have also been raised.

The measure also provides for speedy investigation and trial.

The move comes against the backdrop of the alleged rape and murder of a girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and alleged rape of a girl in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district. The time limit for investigation of all cases of rape has been prescribed, which has to be mandatory completed within two months. The ordinance has also put restrictions on the bail for the convicted of raping girls below the age of 16 years - No anticipatory bail for those convicted in the rape of girls below 16 years of age. Time limit for completion of trial of all rape cases is also two months.

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