Madhya Pradesh assembly passes bill awarding death for rape of girls aged 12 or less
The Madhya Pradesh assembly unanimously passed a bill that will see rapists of girls 12 years or below being hanged till death. The bill will be sent to the Centre and will need the assent of the President to become a law.
The development comes after the latest NCRB report revealed that Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest number of rape cases in the country. The bill proposes death penalty or a minimum term of 14-year rigorous imprisonment or life imprisonment till death for raping girls aged 12 or less. The minimum punishment increases to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for gang rape of girls aged 12 or less.
The bill also proposes punishment for disrobing, stalking or sex on the pretext of marriage. The jail term increases for second or subsequent offences.