Dimapur, April 17, 2018:
With the country witnessing an increase in crime against children, the cry for death penalty for child rapists by people from different sections of the society has been resounded across the country and similarly in Northeast India, a petition to award death penalty to perpetrators has been circulated for necessary legislation.
In connection with this, Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya, has forwarded to the chief minister’s office (CMO) a petition seeking amendment of law in Nagaland to award death penalty as punishment for child rape.
According to Raj Bhavan PRO, the governor extended support to the petition and forwarded the same for necessary legislation on the matter.
The petition, received from chairperson Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs of India (COWEI), Uma Ghurka, stated that “we need to play our role in the protection of the girl child”.
COWEI has initiated a petition asking for awarding death penalty or life imprisonment as punishment for child rape and speedy trial in case of child rape to get justice within six months.
The letter addressed to the governor stated that the petition has received wide support from all sections of the society and over 15,000 people have signed in within a month’s time and thousands of people continue to sign and propagate it every week. Also over 15 women organisations have extended their support to it, the letter stated.
Acharya, who met with Uma Ghurka in Mumbai, had talks with her regarding the matter and asked her to send a letter to his office.
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh have passed a bill awarding Death Penalty for Rape of Minor Child below the age of 12.
With inputs from Nagaland Post