Karnataka contemplates capital punishment law for rapists of minor girls

Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said in Bengaluru that the government would look for further details of the law passed by Madhya Pradesh government. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 24, 2017, 09.01 AM (IST)

The Karnataka government is contemplating the framing of a law enabling capital punishment to rapists of minor girls, reports said on Sunday. 

Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said in Bengaluru that the government would look for further details of the law passed by the Madhya Pradesh government - which states that the accused would be given death penalty if found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.

"We will get details of the law and plan to enact the same here in Karnataka," he said. 

"You have seen the recent incident of rape and murder of a Dalit minor girl, which caused so much of tension in coastal Karnataka and its neighbouring districts. So such laws will curb such heinous crimes," Reddy further added. 

The home minister said that he would be taking up the matter with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

On December 4, the Madhya Pradesh government passed the bill, becoming the first state in India to award capital punishment to those convicted of raping minors.