Fast Track 19,675 Rapes Cases Of Minors If Serious About Providing Justice: Rahul Gandhi To PM

| April 16 , 2018 , 14:42 IST

The recent media glare on the rape incident from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua where an 8-year-old was brutally raped, tortured and murdered, has once again brought to the fore demands for justice, especially for minors who are raped.

However, the rape of minors is not a new phenomenon, Congress President Rahul Gandhi pointed out in a tweet, specifying that 19,675 rapes of minor children were reported in 2016. Gandhi levelled an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet as well, saying that if the PM is serious about providing "justice for our daughters" he should fast track these cases and punish the guilty.

"There were 19,675 rapes of minor children reported in 2016. This is shameful. PM should fast track these cases and punish the guilty if he is serious about providing “justice for our daughters”, tweeted the Congress President.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 13 had broken his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases saying that the “guilty” will not be spare and that “daughters will get justice”.

"No culprit will be spared, justice will be delivered. Those daughters will get due justice; all of us have to fix the problem together. The guilty will not go unpunished and the Government of India will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that happens," the PM had said.

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Even in the cases when rape accused are sentenced to death, the death sentence is not always carried out. According to an Amnesty International report, in the year 2016 the Indian courts had pronounced 136 death sentences and 109 in 2017. Despite there being more than 300 people on the death row, there has been no execution in India since Yakub Memon in 2015.

The death penalty was also awarded to 4 convicts in the brutal Nirbhaya rape case of 2012, but, the death penalty is yet to be carried out.