India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

2018-04-21 19:03:39

Indian cabinet today 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, the Reuters reported a whort while ago.

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

According to Reuters, 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.

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 - 29

  • ANTHOYPILLAI Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:41

    Sri Lanka also should do the same without delay.

    Reply : 2       89

    das Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:11

    Why only rape? What about murder? Is rape more serious than murder?

    Reply : 23       12

    ANTHOYPILLAI Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:45

    Sri Lanka also should do the same without delay.

    Reply : 1       55

    ranmala Sunday, 22 April 2018 03:55

    Sri Lanka must follow suit and make all rapists of girls over 12 years hanged

    Reply : 1       35

    Cricy Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:53

    Great work. That's how you govern a country!

    Reply : 3       59

    Forced by Public Friday, 27 April 2018 17:11

    Modi had to break the initial silence he maintained when a 8 year old Kashmir child was raped by his party members. Now to satisfy the critics this move is taken.

    Reply : 0       2

    Lankan Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:07

    Why only for below the age of 12, why not for all rapes?

    Reply : 1       94

    Amar Sunday, 22 April 2018 05:26

    Coz in some cases its difficult to decide weather it was mutual sex later termed as rape or actual rape.

    Reply : 20       25

    Sammy Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:21

    As stated, it maybe difficult to convincingly prove whether it is actual rape or revenge complaint after consensual sex in the case of adults. Yet I feel age could be increased to below 16.

    Reply : 2       16

    ANTHOYPILLAI Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:34

    Sri Lanka also should do the same without delay.

    Reply : 2       39

    Dinesh Saturday, 21 April 2018 20:35

    If only the world knew the mass brutal killings and gang rapes committed by the Indian Army in Jaffna,Vanni,Trincomalee,Batticaloa,and Mannar.

    Reply : 10       52

    Amar Sunday, 22 April 2018 05:30

    Indian Army operates with high ethics and standards. Many Indians laid down their life for safety of our Sri Lankan neighbors though in my view India should not have sent troops to Sri Lanka at that point of time.

    Reply : 33       9

    hindu Sunday, 22 April 2018 07:58

    May be they all over 12 years old

    Reply : 1       11

    Mahalingham Sunday, 22 April 2018 08:21

    Amar, One day the truth would come out.

    Reply : 2       14

    malij Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:27

    @Amar: It is India that fed, trained and armed the Tigers. That created untold carnage

    Reply : 1       17

    Soam Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:53

    Atrocities committed by the Indian Army in Sri Lankan soil are many. believe in KARMA.

    Reply : 3       2

    Ceylon Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:01

    Fake approval.over 40,000 killings anualy but not even one hang.once in many years hang just one.leaders have safety very well and dont care average peoples deaths.

    Reply : 3       26

    dulan Sunday, 22 April 2018 08:31

    This is not a wise idea. Most rapes(over 90%) of underage girls are done inside the house by family and relatives. Now there will be greater pressure on the child to shut up.

    Reply : 20       4

    Warren Raed Sunday, 22 April 2018 08:42

    Politicians always tend to open their eyes and take action only if an election is nearby. If not, they do not care for the people of its nation. It is the same everywhere.

    Reply : 0       12

    Maha Sunday, 22 April 2018 09:30

    In Sri Lanka more boys are raped than the girls. Bring a general law. Death penalty for all those found guilty of raping children below 18.

    Reply : 1       20

    southpaw Sunday, 22 April 2018 09:50

    In India , where Cows have more rights than Woman/Girls this move should be a welcome move although it is yet to be seen if the rule of law will be applied !

    Reply : 4       13

    Justica USA Sunday, 22 April 2018 10:20

    Why under 12? Arent others human beings? It should be across the board...IF the victim is 12 yrs n 1 day..the rapist gets away.RIDICULOUS...In a way India is helping rape of women over 12....INSANE

    Reply : 4       12

    Saman Sunday, 22 April 2018 10:46

    It won't happen in Sri Lanka. Our politicians and law enforcement have better things to do, like protect politicians and their thugs. Send innocents to jail.

    Reply : 0       19

    BC Sunday, 22 April 2018 14:21

    In Sri Lanka we give them nominations from our political parties at the next election !

    Reply : 0       14

    Martin Milton Sunday, 22 April 2018 17:29

    It would have been more appropriate had they lifted the age to 19 at least. Also Rigorous imprisonment for minimum of 30 years for ANY Rape. MM

    Reply : 0       11

    MPAR Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:35

    Same punishment should be given to those who raped aged ladies over 60 as well, bcs they also like children.

    Reply : 1       10

    johm Monday, 23 April 2018 08:24

    it is good capital punisment implemented at last..

    Reply : 0       6

    SAM Monday, 23 April 2018 11:52

    This would certainly reduce crimes it be rape, murder or drugs.

    Reply : 0       6

    Kathirgaman Monday, 30 April 2018 15:41

    Whatever any new law passed by any Indian governmentDeath sentences will not be imposed on any indian rapistsIndian courts and judges are well known corrupted culpritsAnd there is nothing to be surprised when a rapist is freed after a few months.

    Reply : 0       0

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