The Madhya Pradesh government on November 26 had cleared a proposal for a law on awarding the death sentence to those guilty of raping girls aged 12 or below in the state in the winter session of the state’s Legislature. The move comes after the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet approved the bill last week. Called Dand Vidhi (Madhya Pradesh Sanshodhan) Vidheyak, 2017, the bill will be sent to the Centre and will need assent of the president of India to become a law.
Speaking to ANI on the bill, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said those who rape minor girls were not humans but devils and they didn’t have the right to live. “Jo log 12 saal ki masoom bachhi ka balatkaar karte hain wo manushya nahi pishach hain unhe jeene ka adhikaar nahi (The people who rape 12-year-old girls are not humans but devils. They don’t have the right to live),” Chouhan said.
The government had presented the bill after a minor girl was raped while she was returning from her coaching institute last month, leading to widespread protests across the state. The police too came in the line of fire after it was found that they had delayed in registering the FIR.