Jaipur: Four persons have been given death penalty in three cases of rape of minors in Rajasthan since March, when the state introduced a provision for capital punishment if the rape victim is up to 12 years of age, a top police officer said here.
Rajasthan Director General of Police (DGP) O.P Galhotra said that all police officers have been directed to take swift action in cases of POCSO Act and file charge sheet in courts.
The Rajasthan government had passed The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 in March entailing death penalty for rape convicts if the victim is up to 12 years of age.
Galhotra, in a statement, said that a rape case was registered at Jhalawar Kotwali on 14 February in which the victim was a six-year-old girl. A charge sheet was filed on 28 February in court after the probe was completed in 16 days. The court sentenced the accused to death on 24 August, 2018.
Three other accused, two in Barmer and one in Lakshmangarh of Alwar district, were awarded death penalty in rape cases involving minors.
He said that 56 special courts (POCSO court) have been notified in the state to deal with cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The first POCSO court was set up in Jaipur on 10 July, 2017. Law and legal affairs department had issued a notification on 6 August to set up 55 new POCSO courts, he added.
Updated Date: Aug 30, 2018 18:22 PM