Ordinance For Giving Death Sentence To Those Raping Children In Pipeline

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New Delhi: The government is considering issuing two draft ordinances, one prescribing the death penalty for those convicted of raping children below 12 years and the other empowering the executive to provisionally attach the property of suspected economic offenders who have left the country to escape trial. Union cabinet will take up these two issues for consideration on Saturday.

The move seeking the death penalty for child rapists comes in the backdrop of nationwide outrage over the brutal rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, the alleged rape of a minor in Unnao by a BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) legislator, and rising anger over a spate of such incidents being reported over the past few weeks. On Friday, for instance, at least three such instances were reported, one from Etah, Uttar Pradesh (the second such in the same place in the same week), the second from Chhattisgarh, and a third from Odisha.

The ordinance on fugitive economic offenders comes in the wake of the escape of jewellerNiravModi, who, along with associates is alleged to have defrauded Punjab National Bank to the tune of around ?12,000 crore.In March last year, businessman Vijay Mallya flew out of India to the UK as lenders closed in on him to recover upwards of ?9,000 crore owed by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines; extradition proceedings have been launched against Mallya in London.

On Friday, the government also informed the Supreme Court that it is actively considering amending the penal law to introduce the death penalty to those convicted of sexually abusing children up to 12 years of age.

“Because the Parliament is not in session and considering the urgency of the situation, we have decided to bring an ordinance to implement the changes in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012,” said a senior official in the ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD)

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