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The women and child development minister’s comment, in a video released today, comes amid a groundswell of horror at the bid to communalise the gory gang rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, and another incident of rape in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.
“Am deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua, and all the recent rape cases. I and the ministry intend to bring an amendment to the POCSO Act asking for the death penalty for the rape of children below 12 years of age,” said Maneka. POCSO is the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti
+ also said yesterday that her government would enact a law to make rape of minors punishable by death.
“We will never ever let another child suffer in this way,” she tweeted.
Yesterday, another UNion minister, VK Singh, also tweeted his horror at the Kathua atrocity.
“We have failed Ashifa (sic) as humans. But she will not be denied justice,” Singh tweeted.