Soz for adopting stringent law against rape of minors

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 15: Former Union Minister and Congress leader Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz today said that the Government should summon an urgent session of the State Legislature to adopt a stringent law to ensure non-recurrence of the heinous crimes like committed at Kathua, recently.
”While the major issue before the Kashmir society is to seek resolution of the Kashmir dispute through a purposeful dialogue between the Centre and the Kashmir leadership (initiating it with the Hurriyat Conference) the urgency of attention to the heinous crime of rape and murder of an 8-year old child, can hardly be over-exaggerated,” he said in a statement, issued here today.
Supporting Maneka Gandhi’s proposal for death penalty for rape of children below age-12 year, Prof Soz suggested that there can also be a provision of severe punishment, say life imprisonment for the rape and murder of victims between age 12+ and age +18.
“There is no need of referring the matter for opinion to the Law Ministry as the simplest course open to the State Government is that the provision of the law adopted by other States titled POSCO be examined seriously and amended as per need,” he added.