After the horrific cases of rape at Kathua, Unnao and Surat triggered a nation-wide outrage, as per sources, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has backed the call for making the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors.
According to sources, Yogi Adityanath, in front of whose residence the Unnao rape victim had attempted to self-immolate claiming that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associates had raped her, will be writing to the centre seeking the strengthening of the law in this regard.
A meeting was reportedly held in Lucknow on Wednesday that included top law and order officials, officials from the Women and Child development departments and the UP secretary, where the stand was taken to back a strong deterrent against rapes of minors.
The heinous details of the Kathua rape and murder, in which the victim was an eight-year-old, that were revealed in the chargesheet filed by the J&K Police crime branch had triggered a wave of outrage across the country.
The Prime Minister had issued a statement saying that the government of India would go to any lengths to fulfull its responsibility to ensure justice in the Unnao and Kathua rapes.
President Ram Nath Kovind also delivered a strong message over the horrific incidents on Wednesday, saying:
"Any society's biggest success and primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of its children."
"In the country, in some or the other corner, our children are today becoming victims of heinous crimes. An innocent girl has been the victim of a crime that can't even be imagined."
Earlier, in response to Republic TV's #DeathForRapists campaign calling for the death penalty for child rapists, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted that he had always maintained that those who rape minor girls aren't humans and don't deserve human rights.
The Madhya Pradesh Assembly had in December 2017 passed a bill awarding death to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years and below, thereby becoming the first state to take such an action.
Following the Kathua rape and murder, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had also said her government would bring in such a law. She had tweeted:
"I want to assure the entire nation that I stand committed not just to ensure justice for the victim but also seek exemplary punishment for those responsible for a crime whose brutal savagery has shamed humanity."
"We will never ever let another child suffer in this way. We will bring a new law that will make the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors, so that the 8-year-old victim's case becomes the last", Mufti had tweeted. (The victim's name has been removed from the tweet)