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Men Found Guilty Of Rape To Hang If Victim Below 12, Serve Lifer for Victims Aged 13-16

JAMMU, APRIL 24: The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday approved an ordinance to allow courts to pronounce death penalty to child rapists.

The Criminal law ordinance 2018 (amendment) and Jammu Kashmir Protection of Children from Sexual Violence were approved by the cabinet which met today in Jammu.

The ordinance would be at par with the central government law on death to accused found guilty of raping a victim up to twelve years of age.

Those guilty of raping a victim, aged between 13 and 16, will get lifer.

Highlights

  • Investigations in rape and sexual assault case are to be done by women police officer.
  • Investigation to be completed in two months and trial by court will be complete in six months (not beyond that)
  • Fine if any will be given to victim instead of going to state treasury
  • in-camera trial
  • Bail provision will be tough so accused can’t get bail easily.
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