"I welcome the decision of the Union Cabinet to bring in the death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age & reiterate my resolve to introduce similar laws in J&K for the expeditious deliverance of justice", she tweeted. The ordinance also increases the minimum punishment awarded to those who raped a girl under 12 years old from 10 years to 20 years, which can then be extended to life in prison.
Moreover, the ordinance also includes that the investigations in rape and sexual assault case are to be conducted by women police officers.
Stringent provisions for bail have been incorporated in the Ordinance.
In cases of the rape of a girl below the age of 16, the cabinet increased the minimum punishment to 20 years from 10 years.
J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has also reiterated that she is determined to bring in the new law awarding capital punishment to child rapists.
The ordinance came in the wake of a nation-wide outrage over rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, and other instances in different parts of the country including rape of a nine-year-old girl in Surat.
Punishment for gang rape of a girl under 16 years of age will invariably be imprisonment for rest of life of the convict.
Law ministry officials said an ordinance is the best way to deal with the issue now as an amendment bill will have to wait till July when the Monsoon session commences. Therefore the Mehbooba Mufti government has chose to promulgate its own ordinances to make rape of the minors punishable by death. Following the President's approval, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences, the Indian Penal Code and The Evidence Act stand amended. It has been provided that no bail shall be granted without hearing Public Prosecutor.