Summon urgent session of legislature; Soz to govt

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/16/2018 2:20:42 PM

JAMMU, Apr 15: Senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz Sunday asked the state government to summon an urgent session of the state legislature to pass a stringent law to protect the children from the crime like the one that took place at Kathua.
In a statement issued to the press, former JKPC president said while the major issue before the Kashmir society was to seek resolution of the Kashmir dispute through a purposeful dialogue between the Centre and the Kashmir leadership (initiating it with the Hurriyat Conference) the urgency of attention to the heinous crime of rape and murder of an 8-year old child, could hardly be over-exaggerated.
“The first and the foremost task for the state government is to summon an urgent session of the State Legislature to pass a stringent law to protect the children from the crime like the one that took place at Kathua. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s proposal for death penalty for rape of children below age-12, seems to be quite correct. There can also be a provision of severe punishment, say life imprisonment for the rape and murder of victims between 12 and 18 years,” Soz stated.
He stated that there was no need of referring the matter for opinion to the Law ministry as the simplest course open to the state government would that the provision of the law adopted by other states titled Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO) be examined seriously and amended as per need, to present a draft to the legislature and that law could be given any title, keeping in view the gruesome and un-describable heinous crime committed by the marauders at Kathua recently.
“There is already a consensus that the rape and murder below a certain age (12 years) should carry the death penalty for the culprit and the same can be provided in the proposed law,” Soz said.

 

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