Amid national outrage over Kathua (Jammu) and Unnao (Uttar Pradesh) rape cases, the Union Cabinet had two days ago, cleared the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2018, which proposes punishments, ranging from a minimum of 20 years to life term or death, for raping girls under the age of 12 years.
The ordinance allowing death penalty has been promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind.
When asked about her take on the ordinance to amend Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Anushka, speaking at a brand endorsement event recently, said, “Like everyone in the country, I’m deeply hurt by the incident (Kathua). Even now when I think about it, I feel disgusted and extremely emotional. Like I said in my statement earlier, most severe punishment has to be veted out to the people involved."
She further added, “I will be completely, 1000 percent in support of the most severe punishment that there is (to be given to the one) who spoils something as innocent as a child. It’s the worst thing to do as a human being.”