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Haryana mulls death penalty for rape of girls below 12

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar   | Photo Credit: PTI

Following a spurt in rape cases, the Haryana government is mulling over enacting a legislation for awarding death penalty to those guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.

“We will enact a law to provide for capital punishment for those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or below. Besides, we will make a request for setting up fast-track courts for dealing with rape cases to ensure speedy justice to the victims,” Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Saturday.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a sugar mill in Karnal.

Appeal to media

Mr. Khattar said that though the police were dealing with such cases under the law, it had been decided to make provision for harsher punishment for rape.

Mr. Khattar urged the media not to create sensation by publishing reports on rape incidents without verifying facts. He said figures for the last year revealed that 25% of the complaints registered at police stations were found to be fake.

He said that usually relatives and near and dear ones of the victim were found to be involved in about 75% of the rape cases. It was the responsibility of the society to create awareness among the people against such mentality.

As many as nine rape cases were reported in Haryana in the past one week, with three cases reported on Thursday itself.

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