President Ram Nath Kovind approves a new provision for Child rape

The move comes amid widespread outrage across the country over such crimes

Odisha reported two cases - one girl aged six years and the other four years - who were allegedly raped in Cuttack and Kendrapara districts.

Union minister Maneka Gandhi had earlier asked her department to prepare a proposal for an amendment to the POCSO Act for the rape of a minor below the age of 12 years, saying tough punishment would act as a strong deterrent. In UP's Rampur and Amroha districts, two minors were allegedly raped by juveniles, the police said. And, appeals have to be disposed of in 6 months. Also, the accused are entitled to bail if the investigation is not completed in 60 days.

This development of passing new ordinance comes when there were a mass protests over the cases of rape that occurred recently.

"Under the new law, new fast-track courts will be set up to deal with rape cases". It also plans to create new posts of public prosecutors and related infrastructure.

"Whereas Parliament is not in session and the president is satisfied that the circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action.Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 123 of the Constitution, the president is pleased to promulgate the following ordinance", a Gazette notification said.

The Ordinance recommends a minimum of 20 years' imprisonment or imprisonment for rest of life and the maximum of death for the rape of girls under age of 12.

The amended Act also rejects the provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of rape or gang rape of children under 16 years of age. The Union Cabinet had approved the Ordinance yesterday. The ordinance was signed within hours of PM Modi's return from his recent foreign tour.

After the Nirbhaya case in December 2012, when the criminal laws were amended, a provision of death penalty in case the woman either dies or is left in a "vegetative state" after the rape was introduced through an ordinance which later became the Criminal Law Amendment Act. We hope that all the victims of this heinous crime are not deprived of justice any longer.



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