The government said, a Bill to this effect will be brought in the upcoming budget session of the assembly.
State home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, “The government is currently studying the Madhya Pradesh model.”
The Madhya Pradesh assembly on December 4 this year unanimously passed a bill that will see rapists of girls below 12 years being hanged till death. Called Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan) Vidheyak, 2017, the bill is now awaiting the assent of the President to become a law.
The MP bill proposes death penalty or a minimum term of 14-year rigorous imprisonment or life imprisonment till death for raping girls aged 12 or less. The minimum punishment increases to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for gang rape of girls aged 12 or less.
The bill also proposes punishment for disrobing, stalking or sex on the pretext of marriage. The jail term increases for second or subsequent offences.
Kataria said, “We are awaiting the fate of the Madhya Pradesh Bill which is awaiting the President’s nod.” However, he said, the bill to give stringent punishment to the rapists are on the anvil.
According to the data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), the cases of crimes against children have shown a steady rise in the state. Rajasthan recorded 4,034 such cases in 2016, which is 3.8% of the crimes against children (98,344) registered across the country. Rajasthan is at No. 4 in the crime against women category.
Similarly, the state registered 3,689 cases of crime against children in 2015, which increased by 345 cases in the year under review.
The NCRB data shows that the state police registered 728 cases of child rape in 2015. The figure jumped to 858 cases in 2016. The all India numbers paints a dismal picture of the state that claims to safeguard the rights of minors.
Source : timesofindia