Rape of girls below 12 punishable by death in MP

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Madhya Pradesh Chiief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

File Photo of Madhya Pradesh Chiief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly has unanimously passed a bill awarding death to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below. MP has become the first state in the country to pass such a bill.

Welcoming the bill, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “There are people in society who can be set right only by severe punishments. It (the legislation) will deal with them. We will also raise awareness in society against such crimes.”

The bill was introduced in the House by Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Rampal Singh. The bill was then discussed in detail before being passed by all parties, including the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.

The bill will now be sent to the President for his assent after which it will become a law, state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters outside the Assembly.

“It was a historic day for Madhya Pradesh as the state Assembly, as per the wish of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, passed a bill making a provision to award capital punishment to those indulging in such crimes (raping girls aged 12 or younger),” Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said.

(With inputs from PTI)