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India has introduced Death Penalty for Child Rapists

India’s cabinet has introduced death penalty for individuals convicted of raping children below the age of 12 years, this immediate decision was a result of two very recent horrific incidents of sexual violence in the country.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi called an emergency meeting on Saturday, the cabinet passed an executive order to modify the criminal law to also incorporate a more severe penalty for accused rapists of girls below the age of 16 years.

India has seen many cases of Sexual violence against women and this has become an important political issue in the country where protests are frequently held about the deep-rooted violence against women of all ages and the continuous failure to resolve these issues.

These protests have put a lot of pressure on Modi’s government; Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and it seems like it will face a tough general election due next year.

 

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