As per the National Crime Report Bureau (NCRB) data, there were 82% increase in rape case in 2016 as compared to 2015. For almost two years government and its machinery were in sleeping mode. Only after Kathua and Unnao rape case, after huge media coverage nation wide, woke them up and prompted to take some measures. India always awake late, e.g, “penetrative sexual assault”, “sexual assault” and “sexual harassment” were first time defined in POSCO Act, 2012.
Government has approved to promulgate the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018. This will bring amendment in Indian Penal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Indian Evidence Act.
The amendments provide for stringent punishment of a jail term of minimum 20 years (before 10 years) or life imprisonment or death for rape of a girl under 12 years etc.. Also to improve the capacity of the judicial system, the government plans to set up new fast track courts, special forensic labs exclusively for rape cases, forensic kits for rape cases at all police stations and hospitals and dedicated manpower for investigation of such cases. This will be done within three months on a “mission mode”.
Before this case, Criminal Law was promulgated after Nirbhya case and later was passed in RS and LS in Apr, 2013.
Hope this will bring deterrence in people and will restrain them committing such heinous crime. Also amendment will help speedy trial and closure of the case.