Uttarakhand promises law for death penalty to rapists of minors

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat made the announcement at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s executive meeting in Kashipur, US Nagar

dehradun Updated: Jul 12, 2018 21:17 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
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Students shout slogans during a protest against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu.(REUTERS)

The Uttarakhand government will soon bring in law to award death penalty for child rape, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Thursday said.

Rawat made the announcement at the Bharatiya Janata Party’s executive meeting in Kashipur, US Nagar, 190 km from Dehradun.

Confirming the announcement, Naresh Bansal, organizational general secretary who attended the meet, said, “CM has announced to bring in the law. This was one of the decisions in his priority list.”

Four other states where BJP is in power on its own or in alliance — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh — have already approved the provision of capital punishment for those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or less.

Crime against women Uttarakhand has seen an upsurge in the recent years —from 1,942 cases in 2014 to 2,042 in 2016. The state reported 245 cases of rape 2014, followed by 273 in 2015, and 333 in 2016, as per official statistics.

Contacted, Anand Bardhan, principal secretary, home, said, “I don’t know what CM has said. But, the central government has already passed an ordinance and the ordinance will be presented before the Parliament this month.”

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which provides for stringent punishment including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years, will be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning July 18.

Earlier, Madhya Pradesh had passed the Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan Vidheyak, 2017) in December 2017 providing death penalty or minimum imprisonment of 14 years for the rape of girls aged 12 or below. In addition, 20 years imprisonment was decided for convicts of gangrape of minors. It also amplifies Indian Penal Code Section 376 for rape of minors.

A similar bill was passed in Rajasthan in March. The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan amendment) Bill-2018 inserted two sections of IPC — 376 AA and 376 DD. Section 376 AA provides minimum imprisonment of 14 years to rapists of girls below 12 years or death penalty. Section 376 DD provides 20 years imprisonment of to those found guilty of gang rape of minor girls aged 12 or below.

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 21:17 IST