According to an announcement from the government of India, the death penalty will soon be imposed upon those convicted of raping a child who is under 12 years of age.
An ordinance was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the cabinet. That ordinance will allow the death penalty in order to combat a rise in crime—including sexual violence crimes.
According to Indian media, the ordinance has been sent to the President.
While there are a number of crimes punishable by death in India, executions are rarely carried out. There were only three in the last decade. Typically, hanging is the main method of execution.