Recently the Haryana Assembly unanimously passed a Bill which provides for death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or less.
After Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Haryana has become the third State where the provision of capital punishment for such sexual offenders was scrutinized.
The Criminal Law (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2018
Under this amendment Act two new clauses 376-AA and 376-DA were inserted in the Penal code.
Section 376-AA: In case of rape of a girl up to 12 years of age, there will be a punishment of death or rigorous imprisonment of not less than 14 years which may extend to imprisonment for life that is for remainder period of persons natural life.
Section–376-DA: if a girl upto 12 years of age is raped by one or more persons constituting a group, each of those persons shall be deemed to have committed the offence of rape and will be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which will not be less than 20 years, but which may extend to life along with a fine.
The Bill also provides for making the existing criminal laws related to other sexual offences more stringent.
The punishment under Section 354 of the IPC (Assault or criminal force against woman with intent to outrage her modesty) will not be less than two years (earlier not less than one year) but may extend up to seven years (earlier up to five years).
Credit: With Inputs from The Hindu