Emotional President Kovind Demands That POCSO Rape Convicts Shouldn’t Be Allowed To File Mercy PetitionPresident of India Ramnath Kovind (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

As entire India is outraged at multiple incidents of rape and heinous crime against against women, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday (6 December) said that there should be no provision of mercy pleas for rapists of children.

In his address at an event here on Friday, Kovind said: "Rape convicts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act should not be allowed mercy petition."

Calling women's safety a "serious issue", he said: "Parliament should review mercy petitions."

In fact, the President called for an amendment to the Constitution with regards to mercy petitions. "I recommended that there should be an amendment to the Constitution with regards to mercy petition. In my opinion, people convicted under the POCSO Act should not be allowed to come under the ambit of mercy petition."

An emotional Kovind went on to add: "There should be no mercy for rapists. These kind of incidents shocked the whole nation."

However, he added: "I am sure you share my sentiments but the final decision on this constitutional amendment lies with the Parliament."

The Parliament amended the POCSO Act in August this year to include the death penalty in cases of gruesome penetrative sexual assault by any accused who happens to be in a position of authority.

The President's suggestion comes against the backdrop of the Union Government forwarding him the Delhi government's recommendation rejecting the mercy plea of one of the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case that shook the conscience of the nation. Meanwhile, Nirbhaya's parents too have filed an application before the President for rejection of mercy pleas of the convicts.

The story has been published via a syndicated feed, only the headline has been changed

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement