Karnataka exploring death penalty for child atrocities: Ramalinga Reddy

Karnataka exploring death penalty for child atrocities: Ramalinga Reddy

The Karnataka government is considering the constitution of a new law, which enables courts to sentence to death by hanging, those convicted for sexual atrocities against children,  said Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.  

Speaking to the media, in Bengaluru on Saturday, Reddy said that the new law would contain provisions to award a death penalty for sexual atrocities against children aged 12 years old or below.

"The Madhya Pradesh government has recently passed such a law. We will want to constitute a similar, stringent law," Reddy informed.  

He said that he had already directed high-ranking police officers to get the details of the MP law and scrutinise it.  

"After I get their report, I will raise the issue with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. When such laws are brought into force, atrocities against girl children should decline," Reddy opined.

Atrocities against 1,565 children

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics, 1,565 cases of child atrocities were registered in Karnataka in 2016.

Of these 317 were sexual atrocities cases.

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