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Central cabinet okays death penalty for child rapists; after spate of crimes

need be known that Kathua and Unnao gang rape cases as well subsequent may such heinous crimes have maligned the image of the country abroad

The central cabinet has okayed the an ordinance to bring in death penalty for child rape.

The cabinet met today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the meet.

It need be known that Kathua and Unnao gang rape cases as well subsequent may such heinous crimes have maligned the image of the country abroad.

So much so that even during the recent London visit of the Prime Minister, the issue was brought up in the public discourse.

This making of law stringent again after earlier toughening of law post the Nirbhaya gang rape case in national capital of 2012.

The central cabinet okayed it swiftly even as the much of the anger was targeted against leaders of the ruling BJP who were seen to be protecting the rapists in both cases.

The Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had made the demand on this ordinance when asked about the child rapes.

Internationally too, the heads of various forums including International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde have called upon the government to do more to punish the rape culprits.

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