Bhubaneswar, July 12
In a move that will help check a spurt in crime against women and children, sexual offenders, now onwards, will be listed in a national portal.
Accordingly, the Union Government which is developing a national database on sexual offenders for facilitating law enforcement agencies in the country has urged the Odisha Government to extend support.
Sources in know of the development said the national database, however, will not be open to public. Only law enforcement agencies will be able to access it.
The Union Secretary, Home Affairs, Raijv Gauba during a recent videoconference urged ACS Home Asit Tripathy to ensure that all prisons are linked to the national portal.
Tripathy responded positively as the State Government is taking up e-Prison program on a priority basis. ADGP Prisons Vinayand Jha has chalked out an action plan in this regard, said sources.
In e-Prison data system, details of sexual offenders will also be available along with other inmates for which steps are being taken up.
Union Government has urged the State Government to prevail upon the Prison Directorate for uploading legacy data since 2005 for increasing the effectiveness of the system.
The sex offenders’ portal will have profile and personal details, including residential address, fingerprints, DNA sample and PAN number, of not only convicted offenders but also of those accused of such offences,
In the videoconference attention was drawn to the recent Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance 2018, prescribing enhanced penalties for sexual offences and revised timelines for investigation and prosecution in such cases. MHA Secretary Gauba requested the State Government to monitor the same closely.
Union Government urged the State administration to ramp up their infrastructure for forensic facilities and take up capacity building to facilitate faster investigation.
State Government may also set up Fast Track Courts and engage Special Public Prosecutors in these sensitive cases, officials said.
Sources said that the Union Government is formulating some schemes to support the moves.
Following the Amendment Ordinance promulgation, an insertion will be made in section 376 of Indian Penal Code providing for death penalty for rape of a girl below 12 years and in case of gang rape of a girl below 16 years, death penalty for all the rapists.
Along with the IPC, Section 42 of the POCSO Act will also be amended to allow the court to pronounce death penalty for those raping children below 12 years.
In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment has been increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to imprisonment for life.
The punishment for gang rape of a girl under 16 years of age will have a minimum punishment of imprisonment for life.
Recently, the Rajasthan Government approved a bill seeking death penalty for those convicted of raping girls under 12 years of age. Two other BJP ruled states — Madhya Pradesh and Haryana — have also given the go ahead for a similar law.
According to official sources, globally 14 countries have death penalty law for child rapists.