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 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.
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:
Child abuse cases have been on a rise in India as a number of cases are coming light. Centre approves #DeathPenalty for rape of children below 12 years under #POSCOAct. Congratulations @narendramodi for taking such a quick decision. Indeed a welcome step! #DeathForChildRapists
— Monika (@mera_apnabharat) April 21, 2018
#POSCOACT revision not
sufficient enough to control
ovr child exploitation in India
despite late decision taken by
cntrl govt welcome….stps…..
— rajesh subramaniam’Iyer’, (@rajesh_sub6) April 22, 2018
— Jagadish Shettar (@JagadishShettar) April 21, 2018
#RamNathKovind you are diamond for India we proud have a President most intlectual
— SHAGAN (@SHAGANPAWAR) April 22, 2018
President #RamNathKovind was pretty quick to sign imp ordinances related to death penalty for child rapists and punishment for fugitive offenders passed by the cabinet yesterday. pic.twitter.com/7vCxEJ6T1B
— Kushal Sharma (@kushal3sharma) April 22, 2018
Indian cabinet pass #DeathForChildRapists ordinance. I congratulation to all of them, who fought for justice and bother to government to bring this act. I want to say Thanks to PM Modi ji to do this amendment in #POSCOAct.
— Atul Gurjar (@MrAtul_kumar) April 22, 2018
Advertisement— Jagadish Shettar (@JagadishShettar) April 21, 2018
Applaud To The Hon’ble PM @narendramodi and the Cabinet ministers to make Change in #POSCOAct and take Such wonderful decision.
Govt Passes Ordinance
👉#DeathForChildRapists (Below 12)
👉2 Months Deadline For Probe
👉2 Months For Trial
— Vikas Sharma (@vikassharmakota) April 21, 2018
— Navneet Pandey (@Nvnt_Pndy) April 21, 2018
And below are the tweets expressing rage over the government’s decision:
#RamNathKovind Why raping also got a discount? If less than 12yrs than death else Life imprisonment.
If law sees the situation in discounts then are females in India safe? #rape
— Somen Singh (@Somen_Singh) April 22, 2018
Anything concerning common public & individual citizens, Govts will be double quick in bringing/strengthening Laws.
— Ganesh 🇮🇳 (@nallaganesh) April 22, 2018
— आम आदमी (@ayushupadhyay7) April 22, 2018
— Sulthan (@SulthanKhan) April 22, 2018
I don’t understand this,I agree that #DeathPenalty is not a solution to any problem but psychopaths who do such kind of heinous crime with 6 or 8 months old babies no doubt this should be their fate #DeathForChildRapists #POSCOAct death is too small penalty for such monsters😡 https://t.co/iY8HkEhlZF
— Sheba(शैबा)😘😍❤❤ (@shebaghildyal) April 21, 2018
The Indian government has finally taken some action against rapists. Honestly, I feel that punishment for such an offence should be equal and irrespective of the victim’s age or gender. Rape is rape and people committing such monstrous crimes deserve nothing but death.#POSCOAct
— apoorvashettayy (@apoorvashettayy) April 21, 2018
— Sulthan (@SulthanKhan) April 22, 2018
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