SRINAGAR: In a bid to curb violence against women, Governor N N Vohra today approved two ordinances, one of which advocates the death penalty for those convicted of raping a girl below 12 years of age.
The Jammu and Kashmir Protection of Children from Sexual Violence Ordinance, 2018, and the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, were promulgated by Vohra and come into effect from today, an official spokesperson said.
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, for raping a woman under the age of 16 years, added the official. (AGENCIES)