Haryana

HARYANA INITIATES ON SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN: CABINET APPROVES DEATH PENALITY IF MINOR GIRL GANG RAPED

February 27, 2018 07:14 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The existing criminal laws related to sexual offences committed against women and children have been made more stringent in Haryana by enhancing punishment including death penalty so as to deter the perpetrators.

While continuing its efforts to ensure safety of women, the Haryana Cabinet, which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal here today, decided to amend such laws like section 376A, 376D, 354 and 354 D(2) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). In case of rape or gang rape of woman upto 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 person’s natural life. 

According to the Section inserted under section 376AA of IPC, whoever commits rape on a woman upto 12 years of age will be punished with death or rigorous imprisonment for a term which will not be less than 14 years, but which may extend to imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life and will also be liable to fine. Another provision made under section 376D A of IPC, where a woman upto 12 years of age is raped by one or more persons constituting a group or acting in furtherance of a common intension, 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 which will mean imprisonment for the remainder of that person’s natural life, and with fine. Such a fine shall be just and reasonable to meet the medical expenses and rehabilitation of the victim. Any fine imposed under this section will be paid to the victim. 

Under section 354 of the IPC, whoever assaults or uses criminal force to any woman, intending to outrage or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby outrage her modesty shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which will not be less than two years but may extend upto seven years and shall also liable to fine. 

Also, under Section 354D (2) of the IPC, whoever commits the offence or stalking will be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and shall also liable to fine; and be punished on a second or subsequent conviction, with imprisonment of either description for a term which will not be less than three years, but may extend to seven years and will also be liable to fine

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