Death for raping minors, NC president seeks bill

Lending support to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s tweet, “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”, J&K Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah has demanded a special session of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to bring in a bill to award capital punishment to those who rape minors.

“Capital punishment must be brought in for such cases. She (Kathua rape victim) is just like my daughter. Thank God, today the nation has woken up and they have taken it very seriously. I hope justice will be done and we will bring a bill in the Assembly session wherein (if) any such incident takes place, the hanging must be brought in,” Abdullah said. He was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of NC’s provincial committee for Kashmir at the party headquarters in Nawa-e-Subha. “Let the government call a special session of the Assembly just for this thing. When the special session of the Assembly is called and this bill is passed, it will be a great thing for the future such crimes will not take place,” Abdullah said.

He said the incident was a result of politics involving the harassment, intimidation and disempowerment of the nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal communities. “Ministers of this government openly threatened the Gujjar-Bakerwal community of dire repercussions and one such minister went to the extent of reminding them of the horrors of the 1947 massacre,” said Abdullah. “The Gujjar-Bakerwal communities have been hounded, targeted and intimidated for nearly three years now while the PDP has remained a mute spectator. Had the PDP objected to this harassment and intimidation, perhaps things would not have come to this tragic pass,” he said.

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