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Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 Passed in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly has passed The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 providing for death penalty for convicts involved in rape of girls below 12 years of age.

Key Provisions

  • The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 adds sections 376-AA and 376-DD to the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
  • These amendments say that a person who is convicted of raping/gang-raping a girl up to twelve years of age, shall be given a death sentence or rigorous imprisonment, which shall not be less than fourteen years and 20 years, respectively.
  • The amendment bill also provides to award life sentence and life imprisonment to child rapists to ensure that the convict doesn’t get out of the jail even after completing 14 years of sentence.

With this bill, Rajasthan has become second state after Madhya Pradesh to award death penalty and lifetime imprisonment to child rapists.  In 2017, Madhya Pradesh assembly had passed ‘The Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill-2017’, which awarded death to similar convicts.

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Rajasthan passes bill for death penalty for child rape of girls below 12

Rajasthan Assembly has passed Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 by voice vote to amend Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 to add provisions providing for death penalty for those convicted of raping girls of 12 years and below.

The bill will become a law after it gets Presidential assent. With this, Rajasthan became second state in the country after Madhya Pradesh approving death sentence for those convicted of such rapes.

Key facts

The Bill aims at protecting girl child by laying down deterrent punishment, including death sentence, to offenders of child rape of girls below 12. It inserts sections 376-AA and 376-DD in IPC, 1860. These sections provide, that whoever commits rape or gang-rape on a girl upto 12 years of age shall be punishable with death or rigorous imprisonment. The capital punishment under it will be not less than 14 years and 20 years respectively for sections and which may extend to imprisonment for life, which means imprisonment for remainder of offenders’ whole life, and with fine.

Background

According to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) 2016 report, cases of crimes against children have shown a steady rise in Rajasthan. The state has recorded 4,034 such cases in 2016, which is 3.8% of crimes against children (98,344) registered across country. It stands fourth in crime against women category. In 2015, the state had registered 3,689 cases of crime against children, increased by 345 in year under review. State police had registered 728 cases of child rape in 2015, which increased to 858 in 2016.

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