Cabinet approves ordinance for death penalty to child rapists

JAMMU: The Mehbooba Mufti Government in Jammu and Kashmir today approved an ordinance providing death penalty to those guilty of raping children, a development that comes in the wake of massive outrage over the Kathua rape and murder case.

Significantly, the Government also shifted the ‘burden of proof’ on the accused, while bringing provisions to ensure time-bound fast track investigation and trial in such cases, a Minister said.

The Centre had also approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act only last week.

In cases of rape, where the victim is a child up to the age of 12, we have provided for death penalty to those found guilty, Jammu and Kashmir Law Minister Abdul Hak Khan told reporters here today. (AGENCIES)