Maharashtra cabinet approves draft bill proposing death penalty for crimes against women and children

The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) gave an issued an official statement which read that the bill will be introduced in the legislature in two parts, the Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2020, and the Special Court and Machinery for Implementation of Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law, 2020.

On Wednesday, Maharashtra state cabinet has cleared draft bill proposing the death penalty for crimes against women and children. Reportedly, the bill seeks to introduce the death penalty as well as a life sentence and precipitous fines for crimes committed against women and children.

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The bill was which was introduced in Mumbai is set to be presented in the state legislature during the winter session on 14 December said Home Minster Anil Deshmukh reportedly after the cabinet meeting.

It seeks to modify the sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to be implemented as law in the state.

As per the bill, special police squads and separate courts will be established for investigating and judging on cases against women and children. After receiving the acceptance from both houses of the legislature, the bill will be sent for the Centre’s consent and the presidential approval, Home Minister Deshmukh mentioned.

The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) gave an issued an official statement which read that the bill will be introduced in the legislature in two parts, the Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2020, and the Special Court and Machinery for Implementation of Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law, 2020.

Reportedly the bill states that if found guilty, the culprit will be punished with imprisonment for at least ten years, may even be imprisoned for life or sentenced to death, depending on the nature of the crime.

Also, according to the proposed bill, an amount of ₹ 10 lakh will be given to the victims of acid attacks which will be collected from the convict as a fine. The time for the petition has been brought down from the current six months to 45 days.


According to the Shakti Act, threatening and frightening women on social media, making false complaints of rape, acid attack, molestation, non-cooperation in the investigation, disclosure of victims identified in case of molestation and acid attack will also be considered crime.The Shakti Act is formed on the lines of Andhra Pradesh's Disha Act, which was acquired in the year 2019 to control crime against women and children after a doctor was raped and murdered in Hyderabad.