The Indian government is considering introducing the death penalty for child rapists.

It comes after an appalling week of news about the abuse of children in the country, with a seven-year-old boy murdered and mutilated in Delhi and an eight-year-old girl raped for three days at a temple in Kathua before being killed.

India already has the death penalty for 12 offences – including rape if it leads to the victim’s death or to them being left in a vegetative state – but not for rape alone.

Under current law, the maximum penalty for the rape of a child is life imprisonment and a fine.

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