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State to implement Central laws on rapists, economic offenders

Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 27 For stricter punishment to rape convicts and speedy trail and to empower the state to attach and confiscate properties of fugitive economic offenders, the state Cabinet has decided to adopt two major ordinances recently promulgated by the Centre. A Cabinet meeting on Wednesday approved republication of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, in the state gazette for information of the public and its effective implementation. Besides death penalty for the rape of a girl child under 12 years of age, the ordinance provides for enhancement of minimum punishment for rape from the existing seven to 10 years. The minimum punishment for the offence of rape of a girl child under 16 years of age has been fixed at life imprisonment, as against the earli...