President Ram Nath Kovind on December 6 said there should be “no mercy for rapists”, adding that these kinds of crimes “shock the whole nation”.
Speaking at an event in Sirohi, Rajasthan, President Kovind said, “I recommended that there should be an amendment in the Constitution with regard to mercy petition. In my opinion, people convicted under the POCSO Act should not be allowed to come under the ambit of mercy petition. I am sure you share my sentiments but the final decision on this Constitutional amendment lies with Parliament,” President Kovind as said.
He has sought an amendment to deny mercy petition for criminals charged under POCSO Act. His statements come amid national outcry for the Hyderabad rape victim and Unnao rape survivor being burnt.
In addition, the accused in the Delhi gang-rape case of 2012 have filed a mercy petition, which is yet to receive approval from the President.