Mehbooba welcomes death penalty for rape convicts

Mehbooba welcomes death penalty for rape convicts
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Hopes to bring in similar laws in state

JAMMU: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed the Government of India’s decision to award death penalty to people convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age. This, she said, would go a long way in curbing the level of harassment against women and girl child in the country.
The union government approved an ordinance earlier in the day approving death penalty to people convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.
Mehbooba reiterated that her government intends to bring similar laws in the state to put an end to crimes against women, an official statement issued here said.
The Chief Minister also welcomed other stringent amendments brought in relevant laws by New Delhi to ensure speedy investigation and trial of rape cases and administering deterrent punishments to the convicted.
Mehbooba called for social mobilization to ensure deterrence to those who indulge in heinous crimes against women besides stressing on general awareness about respecting women and their rights and ensuring girls an environment free from harassment, coercion and crimes.

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