Under the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, raping a girl under the age of 12 years can lead to a death sentence. It also provides for 20 years imprisonment, which may extend to the remainder of a convict’s natural life.
Following the outrage over the Kathua rape and murder, the Cabinet has issued an ordinance providing for death penalty for rape of minors.
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the ordinance for changes in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
According to data of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2016, incidents of rape of children increased by over 82 per cent compared to 2015.
Sources said that Naidu, who is also Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, returned to the Capital after some of the experts he wanted to consult conveyed their availability on Sunday.
Haasan had made known his views against the death penalty before he entered politics. The MNM chief said the important thing was for families to change their mindset in the way they brought up boys.
Swati Maliwal, who has been sitting on a hunger strike for past nine days at Rajghat in New Delhi, broke her fast at 2:00 pm today.
The report titled ‘Death Penalty in India, Annual Statistics for the year 2017’ said that in 2016, 149 persons were sentenced to death, while only 109 convicts were awarded capital punishment in 2017
The SC’s response came on a PIL seeking quashing of Section 354(5) of CrPC, which states that when a person is sentenced to death, he shall be hanged by the neck till he is dead
Dying with dignity is part of the right to life” and the present practice of executing a death row convict by hanging involves “prolonged pain and suffering”, the petitioner said.
The amendment will apply retroactively, thus commuting the sentences for many of the 5,300 inmates currently on death row for drug trafficking. Under the new bill, the punishment for those already convicted and given the death penalty or life in prison, other than those meeting the new execution requirements, will be commuted to up to 30 years in jail and a cash fine.
The Death Penalty Research Project, undertaken by researchers at the National Law University in Delhi, found that over 80 per cent of prisoners facing capital punishment had not completed school and nearly half had begun working before the age of 18.
His short speech on capital punishment prompted Congress MP Jairam Ramesh to ask how Swamy could make a speech without making any allegations.
Mir Quasem, 63, is a member of central executive committee of the Jamaat, the largest Islamist party in Bangladesh, and is one of its most powerful leaders as he is believed to be the chief financier of the party.
Since 2007 both India and Germany has been negotiating to sign the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in criminal matters but has not been able to reach a conclusion due to Berlin’s strong reservation to the provision of death penalty in Indian law.