CHANDIGARH: Facing heat over a string of rape incidents involving minors in Haryana recently, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said the state would enact a law for capital punishment to those found guilty of sexually abusing girls aged 12 years or below.
Besides, the government would make a request for setting up fast-track courts for dealing with rape cases to ensure speedy justice to victims.
Amid clamour for his resignation, expressing his deep anguish and concern over the recent incidents of rape in the state, Khattar, while addressing people after laying the foundation stone of a new sugar Mill in Karnal, said though the police were dealing with such cases as required under the law, it had been decided to make provisions of harsher punishment for rape. Law would be enacted soon to hang those convicted of raping a girl aged 12 or below.
Khattar also exhorted the media not to create a sensation by publishing rape incidents without verifying facts.
Elaborating on his point, Khattar said the figures for last year revealed that 25 per cent rape complaints registered at police stations were fake.
“Earlier, complainants had to face a tough time in getting an FIR registered even after repeated requests. But now, not even a single person can claim non-registration of FIRs in any case,” he said.
He said in about 75 per cent of rape cases, the culprits turned out to be the victims’ near and dear ones.