Indian President approves death penalty for certain rape cases

Indian President approves death penalty for certain rape cases
# 05 February 2013 09:04 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has approved a new rape law that would provide harsher punishment for rapists, including the death penalty, APA reports quoting BBC.

The BBC reports the brutal gang rape on a 23-year-old woman in December caused an outrage across the country and sparked a debate about crime against women in India. Six suspects were arrested for the crime; five of the accused are on trial. If convicted, they could now face the death penalty.

The new rape law includes the death penalty for rapes leading to the victim’s death or persistent vegetative state.

Under the new bill, the minimum sentence for gang rape, rape of a minor, rape by policemen or a person in authority will be doubled from 10 to 20 years and can be extended to life without parole.

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