Why in News?
Rajasthan has passed a Bill providing for death penalty to those convicted of raping girls of 12 years and below.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s 2016 report, the cases of crimes against children have seen a steady increase in Rajasthan. The State recorded 4,034 such cases in 2016, which was 3.8% of the crimes against children registered across the country. In 2015, the State had registered 3,689 cases of crimes against children.
About the Legislation
The Bill provides for capital punishment or rigorous imprisonment ranging between 14 years and lifelong incarceration. It also makes a similar provision for gang-rape of a girl child, while laying down death penalty or imprisonment from 20 years to lifelong incarceration for those convicted of the offence.
NOTE4STUDENTS-Rajasthan has become the second State, after Madhya Pradesh, to pass a Bill providing for the death penalty to those convicted of raping girls of 12 years and below.