Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Shakti Act Draft, Proposes Death For Rapists

The Shakti Act proposed by the Uddhav Thackeray government calls for death penalty for heinous and serious rape cases, while also covering other crimes against women such as acid attacks and social media harassment

Raghav N

December 11, 2020

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In the wake of increasing crimes against women, the Maharashtra cabinet approved the draft of the Shakti Act on Wednesday, that aims at the strictest of punishments including death penalty for rapists. The proposal will now be presented in the Vidhan Sabha. According to the state’s home minister, Anil Deshmukh, the game-changing reform will include stern action against those committing crimes against women and children.

Under this act, death penalty will be rewarded to those involved in extremely heinous rapes. The investigations for cases will be concluded within 15 days. Once the charge sheet is filed, court hearings will take place daily for a period of 30 days after which the judiciary will announce its decision. All districts across the state will house a special court designated for Shakti act cases and a special police team will be deployed to handle the same.

Acid attack victims, who have not seen the light of the day when it comes to their justice will also be covered under this reform with their perpetrators facing a minimum punishment of 10 years in jail.

Imposters and faceless trolls hiding behind the mask of social media and other digital mediums will not be spared either, if they threaten, force or assault any woman or child under Indian Penal Code section 354(E)

MLA Yashomati Thakur called the draft approval by the Uddhav Thackeray government a historic moment, citing that women and children will feel much safer once the law is passed.

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