PM summons Cabinet over Death Penalty to Rapists

21-04-2018 Sat 11:06

Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is scheduled to chair a cabinet meeting at 11.30 a.m., during which an ordinance to award death penalty to those convicted of raping a child upto 12 years of age is likely to come up for discussion. Against the backdrop of outrage over the incidents of rape of minors at Unnao and Kathua, the government reportedly plans to bring the ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act). Sources added that the Union Cabinet is also likely to discuss an ordinance on preventing loan defaulters from leaving the country since the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 could not be taken up in the disruptions-hit Budget Session.

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