It is a horrifying fact that there is a steep increase in the number of minor rape cases in India in the last few months. Pity is that the conviction rate in these minor rape cases is very low. The reason could be the fear of delayed court proceedings, victims turning hostile and refusing to identify the accused in the court, which is making the criminals fearless.
The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N.N.Vohra has signed a historic ordinance to curb such violence against women. The Jammu and Kashmir Protection of Children from Sexual Violence Ordinance, 2018, and the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, were promulgated by Vohra and come into effect from 17th May 2018.
These Ordinances have taken a major step to protect minor girls from sexual abuse and has taken these decisions.
Under the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, If any person is convicted of raping a girl below 12 years of age, he will be directly facing the death penalty.
In some cases, if a girl below 16 is raped, the convict can be given 20 years imprisonment, which can also be extended to the remainder of the convict's life.
Most importantly the investigation in such cases has to be completed within a period of two months and trial to be completed within six months. The High Court needs communication if there is any further delay.
These ordinances have come into force to protect the children from sexual assault and violence, safeguarding the girl child at every stage of the judicial process. Kudos to Jammu & Kashmir government !!!