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Landmark move: Death penalty for raping girls below 12 years in Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government in a landmark move is bringing a new law for awarding death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 or below in the state.

A proposal to this effect was cleared at a meeting of the state cabinet held on Sunday under the chairmanship of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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“The Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan okayed the recommendation to hand down capital punishment for rape of girls aged 12 years or below,” MP Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Reports said the government will present the bill in the winter session of the state assembly to sternly deal with the cases of rape.

The move comes in the wake of a spurt in rape incidents recently.

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