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The Lok Sabha passed a Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill by a voice note on Monday, 30th July 2018 making the offence of raping a girl below the age of 12 years punishable with death. The aim of this bill is to bring some new amendments in the provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure, The Indian Evidence Act and also, in the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act. The new bill has also replaced the earlier ordinance which was bought in the picture by the Central Government in the incident of Kathua rape and murder case. In April 2018, a minor eight-year-old girl ‘Asifa Bano’ was abducted and brutally raped then murdered, the incident shook the whole nation and there was immense need of laws for such monsters.
Recent Amendments in Indian Penal Code
Amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure
Most of the members of the Lok Sabha supported the Bill, but few points were raised by Pinaki Misra, BJD MP. According to the MP, ”The newly created offences should be gender neutral, which means same punishment to be given to the offenders who commit the crime on boys under the age of 16 or 12 years. Doing so will attract lesser punishments under the POCSO Act. He also suggested that the bill be should be sent to the Selection Committee for any further examination."
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