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Madhya Pradesh Govt to ensure death penalty for those accused of raping minors

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BHOPAL: After a sudden spate in crimes against minor girls and women, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that the Madhya Pradesh government would launch a campaign against heinous crimes and ensure that criminals involved in the rape of innocent children get capital punishment.

“We will launch a drive to ensure that the rape accused of minor girls get the death penalty at any cost. Rapists should not be let out of jail. They are demons and mentally unstable and will return to commit such crimes again. This world is not a place for them”, said Chouhan, while talking to reporters on Tuesday.

Referring to the rape incidents of innocent children in Indore, Mandsaur and Satna, the chief minister said that all these incidents are heartrending and shakes a person from within.

“Those who commit such heinous crimes should be hanged to death. Without harsh punishments, we cannot instil fear in them. I am also concerned about the health of the rape victims and it is the prime responsibility of my government to take care of them”, said Chouhan.

The chief minister said it was often seen that rape accused were given death penalty in the lower courts but they approach the higher courts where the process gets lengthy. During the subsequent hearings, their death penalties gets delayed. Chouhan said to speed up the process, he has appealed to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court to set up a fast-track court for prompt hearing of all such cases.

The chief minister also reviewed a meeting on crimes against women, attended by chief secretary Basant Pratap Singh and DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla and instructed strict action against criminals and rape accused. He said the investigating agencies must produce challans of the Mandsaur and Satna rape incidents in the court at the earliest.

“Government will make all possible efforts to see that rape accused of minors get capital punishment. 

In the Gwalior incident, a challan has been put up in the court. In Indore and Dhar, the accused have been sentenced capital punishment. Those who are responsible for such heinous crimes will not be spared”, said Chouhan.

The chief minister also instructed officials to ensure the speedy recovery of the minor rape survivor in Satna. He said regular health update and monitoring will be done to ensure her recovery.

Source: Times of India, Rajendra Sharma, July 3, 2018

Goa Minister for death penalty for rapists

Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Monday said rapists should be hanged till death.

"This is a very serious matter and strict action will be taken. Rapists should be hanged till death. But in a democracy, it does not happen. It happens in Dubai but not here," Ajgaonkar said.

The Tourism Minister reaction came after a taxi driver was arrested on June 29 for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman in Goa.

The 48-year-old raped the woman late on Thursday evening near Goa's Dabolim International Airport.

Police Inspector-in-charge of the Vasco police station, Nolasco Raposo told ANI that the victim was on an evening walk when the taxi driver stopped alongside her and offered her a lift.

"When she refused, the victim claims that she was forcefully pulled into the vehicle and taken to a deserted area and raped," Raposo added.

An FIR was registered under sections 365 (kidnapping) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Source: aninews.in, July 3, 2018

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