Centre opposes death penalty for rapists of minor girls, Angry DCW chief calls it ‘pathetic’


Delhi Commission for Women chief, Swati Maliwal, has reacted with shock on the Centre’s Narendra Modi government’s decision to oppose the plea in the Supreme Court for awarding death penalty to those convicted of raping minor girls.

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Reacting to the news, Maliwal tweeted, “What to say on this? I have no words. Height of apathy. An 8 month old baby has been raped in the Capital and the Centre says that stringent action against rapists is not required. Really, how can one be so insensitive. Pathetic. Shame!”

The submission by the Centre, according to a report by PTI, was made by a law officer before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. The PIL was filed in a case relating to the gruesome rape of an eight-month-old baby allegedly by her 28-year-old cousin in a locality near Netaji Subhash Place in north-west Delhi.

“The death penalty is not the answer to everything,” Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha, appearing for the Centre, was quoted by the PTI.

The rape of the baby had shocked the nation with even the Supreme Court asking AIIMS to send two doctors to visit the baby at the local hospital where she is receiving treatment.

“We are concerned for the child,” the court was quoted by NDTV. on 28 January, the child’s mother had left the baby in the care of her aunt, whose son raped her when she stepped out of the room. Police have arrested the culprit, who has confessed to his crime.

The victim’s father, a daily wage labourer, has asked for the death penalty for the rapist.

The SC bench, meanwhile, has said that it could not direct Parliament to amend the law.