President Kovind Promulgated Ordinance To Amend POCSO Act, Twitterati Condemned The Age Bar

2:56 pm 22 Apr, 2018

The outrage over Kathua and Unnao rape cases led to a series of incidents over the last few days. People turned in large numbers to protest against the rising incidents of rape and sexual assault in the country. This certainly remained in the headlines for many days and even shook the international media.

 

 

As people started demanding justice and the present day government was pressurized, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape, on April 21, 2018.

The order stated that it allows capital punishment for anyone convicted of raping children under the age of 12. And on April 22, 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind promulgated the ordinance to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

 

The changes:

The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years. The minimum punishment in case of rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of 7 to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment. In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment has been increased from 10 to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment.

 

Image.nyt.com

 

As the news broke on the internet, people started discussing over the same. On Twitter, people are certainly divided into two groups – the ones who welcomed the order and the others who want the death penalty for all rapists in all cases.

Below are the tweets welcoming the government’s decision:

 

 

And below are the tweets expressing rage over the government’s decision:

 

 

Do you think that the victim’s age should be a bar in deciding whether a rapist should be hanged or not? Tell us through your valuable comments.



Discussions
Popular on the Web