Centre bats for death for rape

After the gruesome rape and murder of an 8 year old girl in Kashmir, Maneka Gandhi the Women and Child Development Minister said that the government would try to amend the POSCO Act to ensure death penalty for the rape of minors under 12 years of age.

Under the current law viz the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,2012,the maximum punishment for sexual crimes against minors is life imprisonment. Maneka Gandhi said that she was deeply disturbed by the rape cases against innocent children and intends to bring an amendment in the law.The Law Ministry is being consulted regarding the amendment.