A long awaiting amendment had gone through this Monday in Lok Sabha. The Criminal Law will now provide death penalty for those who rape a child.
“The recent incidents of rape and gang rape of women below the age of 12 years have shaken the conscience of the entire nation”,.
The bill stipulates stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape, particularly of girls below 12 years. Death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years.
- According to media, the bill provides, in case of rape of a girl under 16 years, the minimum punishment has been increased from 10 to 20 years, extendable to imprisonment for rest of life, which means jail term till the convict’s “natural life”.
The measure also provides for speedy investigations and trial. The time limit for the investigation of all cases of rape has been prescribed, which has to be mandatorily completed within two months.