Mehbooba welcomes Union Cabinet's ordinance on child rape

Mehbooba called for social mobilization to ensure deterrence to those who indulge in heinous crimes against women. (PTI file photo)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday welcomed the Union Cabinet's decision to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children below 12 years.

This, she said, will go a long way in curbing the level of harassment against women and girl child in the country. The Cabinet approved the ordinance regarding this earlier in the day.

The Chief Minister also welcomed other stringent amendments brought in by the Cabinet to ensure speedy investigation, trial of rape cases and administering deterrent punishments to the convicted.

Mehbooba called for social mobilization to ensure deterrence to those who indulge in heinous crimes against women besides undertaking general awareness about respecting women and their rights and ensuring girls an environment free from harassment, coercion and crimes against them.

The chief minister reiterated her resolve that her government intends to bring similar laws in the state to put an end to crimes against women.

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