The Madhya Pradesh government on Sunday cleared a proposal to enact a law for awarding death sentence to those guilty of raping girls aged 12 or below in the State.“The Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan okayed the recommendation to hand down capital punishment for rape of girls aged 12 years or below,”
Once cleared by the Assembly, the Bill for capital punishment for rape of girls aged 12 or below will be sent to the Centre which will send it to the President for his approval.
Statistics: The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2015 showed that Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of rape cases (4,391) in the country. According to the NCRB data for 2014, the State reported 5,076 rape cases, which was 14% of the total rape incidents reported in the country.
Fact sheet: Nirbhaya Act - Criminal Law (Amendment Act) of 2013.