The ordinance envisages stringent punishment for rapists of girls below 16 years, with a provision for death punishment for perpetrators of rape of girls below 12 years of age. He said such incidents shake our sensibilities.
Along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments have approved proposals seeking the death penalty for child rapists.
"An ordinance today is the best way to deal with the issue. Exemplary and deterrent punishment is the need of the hour", he said on Twitter.
The ordinance has also set a time limit of two months for investigation in all rape cases.
Violent crime against women has been increasing in India despite tough laws enacted in 2013.
Maneka Gandhi, the Union minister for Women and Child Development, was the first cabinet minister to propose the changes last week.. This ordinance will be a strong deterrence to potential offenders of this heinous crime against children.
While some welcomed the move, others flayed the BJP for its hogwash "considering the urgency of the situation" (read upcoming elections). While the registry in the USA is public, in other countries like Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and United Kingdom, where such data of convicted sex offenders is maintained, it is purely for the consumption of the law enforcement authorities. "Every day affidavits are submitted in courts by the government". The executive order was enacted after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting, the news outlet added. "This is an occasion worth celebrating".
To speed up the process, the government also plans to provide dedicated manpower for investigation of rape cases.
India retains the death penalty for the most serious cases such as particularly brutal murders or terror attacks. India's penal code, according to the Hindustan Times, had already prescribed the death penalty for gang rape. The police report said she had 86 injuries and was also brutalized with blunt objects. The government is trying to bring this (ordinance) in. "The certainty of the punishment, rather than the severity of it, should be made sure".
Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance that provides for death penalty to those convicted of raping a child below the age of 12 and life term for raping a girl below age of 16.
The recent protests began after police accused eight Hindu men of raping a Muslim girl in a bid to force her nomad community out of a Hindu-dominated area of Jammu and Kashmir. Aggravated Penetrative Sexual Assault will get not less than 10 years which may extend to imprisonment for life, and a fine.