Centre To Amend POSCO To Give Capital Punishment In Child Rape Cases

| April 21 , 2018 , 11:41 IST

The Union Government has reportedly informed the Supreme Court that the process to amend The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO Act) had begun in order to ensure death penalty in child rape cases where the victim is below 12 years of age. This was in response to a PIL filed in the court seeking capital punishment for child rapists.

There have been demands of capital punishment for rapists in cases of minor victims from representatives of the government as well as the opposition.

In the aftermath of the horrific Kathua rape and murder case involving an 8-year old minor girl, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had earlier last week opined that she was in favour of amending the POSCO act.

“I am deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all the recent rape cases on children. I, and the ministry intend to bring an amendment to the POCSO Act asking for death penalty for rape on children below 12 years” she had said in a video message.

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal is on an indefinite hunger strike demanding death penalty in rape cases of minors within 6 months. Today is the ninth day of her strike.

BJP MP Hema Malini too demanded that the rapists of small children be given death penalty. Taking to twitter she wrote, “Daily newspaper reports of rape happening in every part of our country! Kathua, Unnao are but 2 of the long list of shame. Can these mindless rapists even be classified as human beings? They are beasts on the rampage & shd be hanged to death for their heinous crimes.”

Endorsing Maneka Gandhi position she further wrote, “There shd be a national uprising with strong support from the media, against these animals who don’t spare even babies & toddlers! I agree with Manekaji that death penalty shd be instantaneous once proven guilty & there shd be no bail or pardon, juveniles included, for all rapes”

As per reports, the Government is working on the required amendments to the POSCO Act.”