Nagaland: Petition urges state to award death penalty as punishment for rape of minor

Nagaland: Petition urges state to award death penalty as punishment for rape of minor

DIMAPUR, April 17, 2018: Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya on Monday said he has forwarded a petition received from Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) India requesting to amend the law of Nagaland to award death penalty as punishment for child rape.

While extending support to the petition himself, Governor Acharya forwarded the same to the Chief Minister’s Office for necessary legislation on the matter, a press release from the PRO to Governor has informed.

The letter, addressed to the Governor, said it was every one’s responsibility for protection of the girl child and while there are many areas to tackle, an important aspect is severe punishment to the perpetrators.

It further stated that the Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs of India 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 petition has received wide support from all sections of the society and over 15,000 people have signed in within a months’ 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.

Governor Acharya met with Uma Ghurka, chairperson cum national president, COWE in Mumbai and had talks with her regarding the matter. The Governor later asked Ghurka to send a letter to his office, the press release stated.
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh have already passed a bill awarding death penalty for rape of minor child below the age of 12.

Source: Morung Express

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