Govt tells top court; POCSO to be amended to bring in death penalty for child rapists

amendment is being brought in to incorporate death penalty punishment for those convicted of raping a child below the age of 12 years

With child rapes bringing infamy to the nation and also causing agony to masses at large who now feel their children as unsafe, the central government has told the Supreme Court that the process to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been initiated.

The amendment is being brought in to incorporate death penalty punishment for those convicted of raping a child below the age of 12 years.

Post the brutal Kathua gang rape case, the demand for amending the act and introducing a death penalty clause had gained momentum.

The central government told this to the apex court while responding to a PIL in this regard.

The case will be heard next on April 27.

It need be recalled that Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi had last week called for amendments in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and demanded death penalty on those convicted of raping minors.

However, it needs to be noted that Haryana government in March passed a bill advocating death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls below 12 years of age.

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