Proposal for death penalty for rape of minor below 12 being prepared: Maneka

Union minister Maneka Gandhi at the Press conference on one Year Modi Govt in new Delhi on Tuesday. Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey. 02.06.2015.

VADODARA: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi today said her department is preparing a proposal for an amendment to the POCSO Act to provide for death sentence for the rape of a minor below the age of 12 years, saying tough punishment would act as a strong deterrent.

             After preparing a Cabinet note in this regard, her department will send it to various ministries, including law, for their opinion, the Women and Children Development (WCD) Minister told PTI.

            “My Ministry will seek an amendment to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for death penalty to convicts of rape of minors below 12 years,” she said.

            Tough punishment will act as a strong deterrent for such an offence, she said. (AGENCIES)