The Rajasthan assembly on Friday unanimously passed a bill that will see rapists of girls 12 years or below being hanged till death.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje led Rajasthan has become second state after Madhya Pradesh to pass such a bill.
Defending the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018, after three hours of debate, Home Minister G C Kataria said a new Section 376-AA is added in the IPC so as to provide that whoever commits rape on a girl up to 12 years of age shall be punishable with death or rigorous imprisonment which shall not be less than 14 years, and which may extend up to life imprisonment.
The Bill also carried a new Section 376-DD providing that where a gangrape is committed on a woman up to 12 years of age, each of the persons constituting the gang shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 20 years and which may extend to life, the Home Minister clarified. It means imprisonment for the remainder of the offender’s whole life, and with fine even the punishment is for 20 years, he added.
Now the bill will be sent to the Centre and will need the assent of the President to become a law.
In December last year, Shivraj Singh Chouhan led Madhya Pradesh government passed Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan) Vidheyak in 2017.