The Union Cabinet approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to provide death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years of age. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance provides for stringent punishment of a jail term of minimum 20 years of life imprisonment or death penalty for rape of a girl under 12.
Necessary amendments would be made to the Indian Penal Code the Criminal Procedure Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Evidence Act.As per the Ordinance, the crime of rape of a girl under 16 years, the punishment has been increased from 10 years to 20 years of imprisonment which can be extended for the rest of life. The minimum punishment for rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of 7 years to 10 years which can be extended for life. It provides for a speedy investigation and trial to be completed in 2 months Fast track courts and special forensic labs will be set up to deal exclusively with these cases.