India approves death penalty for child rapists

Sexual violence against women is a highly charged political issue in India


Reuters April 21, 2018
Many people have criticized Modi’s government for not doing enough to protect the country’s women PHOTO: REUTERS

MUMBAI: India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years amid outrage in the country after a string of horrific cases of sexual violence.

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In the emergency meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the cabinet passed an executive order, or ordinance, to amend the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls below the age of 16 years

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Sexual violence against women is a highly charged political issue in India, where protests regularly erupt about entrenched violence against women and the failure to protect them.

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Many people have criticized Modi’s government for not doing enough to protect the country’s women, piling pressure on his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as India heads towards a general election due next year

COMMENTS (2)

w ahmad | 3 years ago | Reply I want to appreciate this move by Indian Govt, Perhaps death penalty should be for every rapist without any condition of child rapist. Moreover, we should learn from it, child rape is also on surge in Pakistan too. As per Islamic Law, the punishment for rapist/adulterer is "stone to death" in full public gathering for those individual who are already married and 100 lashes for those who are unmarried. This is the "Divine Law" in Islam, but being a Islamic Welfare State, we are still unable to apply these laws.
Kamran | 3 years ago | Reply Godd and right decision
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