Amid nationwide grief and anger over the gang-rape and homicide of an eight-year-old woman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, there’s a transfer to vary the regulation for sexual crimes towards youngsters to herald the demise penalty for little one rape. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi declared it in a video message wherein she mentioned she was “deeply, deeply” disturbed by the Kathua rape case.
Maneka Gandhi mentioned her Ladies and Little one Improvement Ministry would transfer a cupboard observe on Monday to amend POCSO, the Safety of Kids Towards Sexual Offences Act.
“I’ve been deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all of the latest rape circumstances which have occurred on youngsters. I and the ministry intend to deliver an modification to the POCSO Act asking for the demise penalty for rape on youngsters under 12 years,” mentioned Maneka Gandhi in a video posted on YouTube.
The little woman was kidnapped on January 10, raped repeatedly and killed by a bunch of males whose motive was to drive her nomadic Bakerwal neighborhood out of the Rassana space of Kathua. The police say she was stored sedated and with out meals the complete time. Earlier than she was strangled, one of many males, a police officer, insisted on raping her yet one more time.
Eight males have been arrested however Hindu teams have rushed to their defence; these arrested are Hindu and the woman’s Bakerwal neighborhood is Muslim.
Native leaders of the BJP – together with two state ministers – and a attorneys’ group linked to the Congress campaigned towards the arrests. The central management of each events remained silent.
However grisly particulars of the crime and the horror inflicted on the kid described in a police chargesheet submitted in courtroom have dramatically shifted the narrative, three months on.
Yesterday, union minister VK Singh turned the primary central voice from the ruling BJP to name for justice for the murdered woman. Later, Congress president Rahul Gandhi additionally tweeted and held a midnight march.