Is capital punishment justified in child rape cases only?Today Haryana assembly unanimously passed the Criminal Law (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2018 which provides for capital punishment in case of rape of a girl up to 12 years of age. After Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Haryana has become the third State where the Assembly has approved the provision of capital punishment for such sexual offenders.
No doubt, the civil society will welcome such a move. However, there had been demands from the society for making provisions for capital punishment in all rape cases. In this context the question arises as to whether capital punishment is justified in child rape cases only or it should be provided for all rape cases?