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Crime Against Minor and Women Get More Publicity These Days – Hema Malini

The actor-turned-politician, however, condemned such sexual assaults and rape cases. "Such incidents should not have happened; it is also showing our country in a bad light," said Hema Malini.

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The 16th Lok Sabha MP from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, Hema Malini, spoke on Rape cases which are too much in news these days. In a talk with the news agency, ANI, the BJP MP said that the rape incidences may have been happening earlier too but they get too much of publicity these days. “Such cases are being given more publicity. So, it may have been happening earlier too, but wasn’t known. The government will definitely take more precaution and will come out with a solution,” said Hema Malini to ANI. The actor-turned-politician, however, condemned such sexual assaults and rape cases. “Such incidents should not have happened; it is also showing our country in a bad light,” said Malini.

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She made her remark in the backdrop of Kathua and Unnao rape case which has triggered public outrage against nation’s administration in curbing such incidents. The Kathua rape case where an 8-year old girl was raped, assaulted, killed and dumped which brought a flood of anger from all walks of life including Bollywood seeking justice for the victim. A recent rape case of 9-year old and the brutal killing of the victim after the rape in Surat has added fuel in the fire.

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The government by taking into account the offences against minors, has proposed an ordinance to seek death penalty to rape on children up to 12 year of age. The Union Ministry for Women and Child Development has proposed amendment in the POCSO (Protection Of Children from Sexual Assault) Act to raise the penalty to death penalty in rape against minor up to 12 years of age. The ministry submitted a letter to Supreme Court on Friday stating that it has started the process to amend the POCSO Act. The letter was submitted in response to a PIL filed by Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava in the Supreme Court seeking maximum penalty of death penalty against rape and murder of children between the age group of 0-12. The case will be heard by a bench of 3 justices which will hear the case on April 27.

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In the meanwhile, Union Cabinet approved the ordinance which provisions death penalty for rape on girls up to 12 year of age. More details of the ordinance will be shared shortly.