Ahead of nationwide grief and anger over the alleged gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa Bano in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua the Women and Child Minister Maneka Gandhi come out with a video sharing ther pain and urges to make a move to change the law for sexual crimes against children to bring in the death penalty for child rape.
The Union Minister Maneka Gandhi in a video message said that she was "deeply, deeply" disturbed by the Kathua rape case.
In a short video, Maneka Gandhi, the union women and child development minister, said her ministry would move a cabinet note on Monday to amend POCSO, the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act.
"I have been deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all the recent rape cases that have happened on children. I and the ministry intend to bring an amendment to the POCSO Act asking for the death penalty for rape on children below 12 years," said Maneka Gandhi.
The probe in the Kathua gangrape and murder case has disclosed that the deceased was kidnapped in a temple, drugged, and repeatedly gang-raped, even before her murder to scare the Muslim Bakerwal community to leave the village. Eight people have been held by the cops, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.