J&K : Death Penalty for Child Rapist ‘Draft’ prepared, to be placed before Cabinet tomorrow

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With the President promulgating The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, giving for the death penalty for rapists of children below the age of 12 after weeks of public outrage over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Kathua, the state government has asserted that it too was going to bring a similar ordinance, with the draft of the same likely to be placed before Mehbooba Mufti cabinet scheduled for tomorrow.

Law Minster, Abdul Haq Khan confirmed the same, and informed that the draft ordinance to award death penalty to child rapists has already been prepared.

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The draft ordinance will be placed before the state cabinet next week for its passage since the order passed by the union cabinet is not applicable to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, because of its special constitutional status.

“We have already prepared a draft ordinance to award death penalty to child rapists. It will be passed during next cabinet meeting,” Khan was quoted talking to a newswire in Delhi.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti two weeks ago, while promising that justice for Kathua minor victim will not be obstructed, had mentioned of bringing a law to provide for death penalty for rapists of children, even before the clamour grew shriller across the country.

The opposition National Conference says they support any such ordinance to award death penalty to guilty in cases of such crimes.

“We support it. The government should immediately pass this ordinance. We have already demanded a special session of the assembly so that a bill is passed and the death penalty is awarded to child rapists,” Nasir Sogami, senior NC leader was quoted saying.