The Parliament on Monday passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, making the rape of a girl below the age of twelve years an offence punishable with death. To this end, the Bill amends provisions of Indian Penal Code(IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure, Evidence Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
It replaces the Ordinance promulgated by the Central Government in April 2018, in wake of the public outcry over Kathua incident of rape and murder of a minor girl.
Amendments to IPC :
Amendments to Criminal Procedure Code:
The First Schedule of Cr.P.C is sought to be amended to clarify that the new offences are non-bailable and cognizable, to be tried by Court of Session.
Section 42 of the POCSO Act is sought to be amended to clarify that greater amongst the punishments under IPC and POCSO will be applicable for the acts.