The state cabinet of Jammu and Kashmir on April 24, 2018 approved the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 that provides death penalty to the rapists of children below the age of 12 years.
The state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also cleared the Jammu and Kashmir Protection of Children from Sexual Violence Ordinance, 2018. The development comes in the wake of huge outrage over the Kathua rape and murder case.
J&K Criminal Law Ordinance
The ordinance has made the rape of children under the age of 12 years punishable with the death sentence.
In case of rape of children between 12 and 16 years of age, the punishment would carry rigorous imprisonment of 20 years that may extend to a life sentence.
The amendment to the criminal law brings it at par with the amendment that was passed recently by the central government.
J&K Protection of Children from Sexual Violence Ordinance, 2018
• The ordinance aims to make the trial victim-friendly.
• It has added provisions to ensure a time-bound probe and fast-track trial in cases of such crimes.
• The set time frame for the completion of investigation includes two months, while six months have been set for the completion of the trial.
• Further, the amendment seeks that the investigations in rape and sexual assault cases be carried out by women police officers
Both the ordinances would now be submitted to the state governor for promulgation.
President Ram Nath Kovind on April 22, 2018 promulgated an ordinance that provides for stringent punishment, including the death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years.
The ordinance- Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 stipulates stringent punishment for those guilty of rape, particularly of girls below the age of 16 and 12 years.
The ordinance also orders death sentence to those guilty of raping girls below the age of 12 years.
Who: J&K cabinet