The Madhya Pradesh Assembly has unanimously passed Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan) Vidheyak, 2017 that will see rapists of girls 12 years or below being hanged till death.
With this, Madhya Pradesh becomes first state where those convicted of such rapes will face the gallows. The Bill will now be sent to the President for his assent, after which it will become a law.
Key Features of Bill
The bill proposes death penalty or a minimum term of 14-year rigorous imprisonment or life imprisonment till death for raping girls aged 12 or less. It also increases minimum punishment for gang rape of girls aged 12 or less to 20 years rigorous imprisonment.
The bill also proposes punishment for disrobing, stalking or sex on pretext of marriage. Repeated stalking would be a non-bailable offence and offenders would be punished. Besides, it increases jail term for second or subsequent offences.
The bill proposes punishment terms ranging between 3 and 7 years for harassment (first offence). For second and subsequent offences, minimum jail term will be seven to 10 years and fine of Rs 1 lakh. Stalking will invite jail term of 3 years for first offence. Second and subsequent offences will be punished with minimum 3 years and maximum 7 years in jail and fine of Rs 1 lakh.