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7:50 am - Friday December 15, 2017

Capital punishment for child rapists

MP House passes bill

Agencies, Bhopal

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill that envisages handing out death penalty to rape convicts involving minor girls of 12 years and below as well as to gang-rape convicts.

The Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan) Vidheyak would now be sent to the Centre and would need the President’s assent to become a law. The Bill proposes a death penalty or a minimum term of 14-year rigorous imprisonment or life imprisonment till death for rape of girls aged 12 years or less.

Similarly, the bill provides for capital punishment or a minimum term of 20-year rigorous imprisonment or life imprisonment till death in case of gang-rape of girls less than 12 years.

“The parameter of 12 years was decided because a girl at that age does not realise the motive when she is being lured. Unfortunately, 98 per cent of such incidents are perpetrated by either relatives or acquaintances,” said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while participating in the debate on the bill.

Mentioning that he advocated death penalty for all rapists, he said, “I know that the bill would trigger a debate in the nation. Nonetheless, I am firm that those who rape minor girls are not humans but ‘pishach (devils)’ and they have no right to live. Let the nation debate over it.

Madhya Pradesh has thrown open the debate.” Agreeing that safeguards are needed as it could be misused for revenge, Mr Chouhan said that judiciary should be trusted in such matters, as a court would not hand down capital punishment blindly.

“Many a times in the flow of emotions, a girl or a woman goes with someone. However, she is abandoned after her emotions are exploited. The man is free to marry again but what about the woman? Recently, certain cases including a few involving policemen came to light in this regard.

Who is responsible for her security? It is the responsibility of society and its leaders. A provision for three years’ imprisonment has been made for sexually exploiting a woman on the false promise of marriage,” he said.

Posted in: Bhopal, Featured, Madhya Pradesh

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