Did Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claim rapists are now being hanged in the country between 3 and 30days? The debate is high on the social media after PM Modi spoke about the issue.
At a rally in Surat, Gujarat, months before the 2019 general election, Modi claimed that these days, convicted rapists are “hanged within 3 days, 7 days, 11 days and a month”, according to ANI.
PM Narendra Modi in Surat: There used to be rapes in this country earlier too, it is a shame that we still hear about such cases. Now, culprits are hanged within 3 days, 7days, 11 days & a month. Steps are being taken continuously to get daughters justice & results are evident. pic.twitter.com/eA1SBipQUH
— ANI (@ANI) January 30, 2019
No one hanged for 15 years in India
India has not executed a single rape convict since 2004, when Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.
In April 2018, the Indian government introduced the provision of capital punishment for the rape of girls below 12 years. Around nine people have been sentenced to death under this, but their sentences have not yet been executed. In any case of capital punishment, convicts are allowed a chance to file mercy petitions with the Supreme Court and the President and this process can take months or years.
There is no official data
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which maintains official records of crimes across the country, has not released its annual crime report since 2016.
In the absence of NCRB data for 2017 and 2018, it is impossible for PM Modi to make any official claim about how quickly rape cases are being resolved today.
ANI wrongly translated PM Modi’s speech.
Fact: The claim regarding hanging is untrue.
The PM, who addressed in Hindi, was heard talking about death sentence and speedy trial in rape cases. But a careful listening shows the PM didn’t refer to “hanging” in the sense of execution.
ANI also tweeted this particular part of Modi’s speech headlined – “Rapists are being hanged within a month: PM Modi.”
Here is the PM’s speech, and here’s the translation: “Rapes used to occur earlier as well. It is such a malady of society that when we hear about these incidents, we hang our heads in shame. But today death penalties are… within 3 days, 7 days, 11 days and one month… (pause)… There are steps being taken to ensure justice to our daughters and the results are visible. It is really unfortunate that the news related to rape keeps on running for a week, but the news related to death penalties goes off the air quickly. When the news of death penalties spread far and wide, it will instil fear in the minds of those nursing such perversion, and he will think 50 times.”
Verbatim speech of PM Modi in Hindi: “Is desh me balatkar pehle bhi hote the, samaj ki is burai kalank aisa hai ki aaj bhi us ghatnaon ko sunne ko milta hai, matha sharm se jhuk jata hai dard hota hai, lekin aaj 3 din me fansi, 7 din me fansi, 11 din me fansi, 1 maheene me fansi (pause) lagataar, un betiyon ko nyay dilane ke liye ek ke baad ek kadam uthae ja rahe hain, aur natije nazar aa rahe hain, lekin desh ka durbhagya hai ki balatkar ki ghatna to saat din tak TV par chalai jati hai, lekin fansi ki saza ki khabar aa karke chali jati hai, fansi ki khabar jitni jyada failegi, utni balatkar karne ki vikrati lekar ke baitha hua aadmi bhi darega, pachaas baar sochega.” Also Read: Did PM Modi Make A Kid Say Rahul Gandhi Pappu Hai? Fact Check
Some cases of rape, speedy trial was indeed done and death penalty awarded by the lower court.
In July, 2018, a local court awarded death sentence to a man in Indore, for raping and killing a three-month-old baby girl. The conviction in the crime came in just 22 days.
A court in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur, in August 2o18, awarded death sentence to a 19-year-old man for raping his three-year-old neighbour.
In another case from Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district in July2018, a 40-year-old man was awarded death sentence for raping a minor within 46 days of the incident.
Facts Check: False
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