Hyderabad: A post claiming that president Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated an ordinance to make all rapes punishable by death, is viral on social media.

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"The Modi government did what it was waiting for, now every rapist will be hanged, the President approved the ordinance (sic)," reads the English translation of the message.

Fact Check

The viral claims are misleading.

NewsMeter found that the claim has been doing rounds since 2019.

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We compared the viral posts in 2019 and that of the current viral posts. We found that the text of the claim was the same but this time it was shared without the picture of the president.

We then searched for reports related to the viral claim. However, there were no such reports that were published by the mainstream media.

NewsMeter through the keyword search found reports by The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Guardian, and Coastal digest published in 2018.

According to these reports, President Ram Nath Kovind had approved ordinance to impose the death penalty for those convicted of rape of girls under the age of 12.

Meanwhile, it was in 2013 when Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, was passed following an outcry against the rape and murder of Nirbhaya in December 2012.

Under the amended act, jail term was increased in most sexual assault cases and it also provided for the death penalty in rape cases that cause death of the victim or leaves her in a vegetative state.

We also found a report by The Hindu that had detailed information about the laws of rape and sexual crimes.

However, there was no mention anywhere that all rapists will be awarded a death sentence.

Evidently, the viral claim is misleading. President Ram Nath Kovind has approved an ordinance awarding the death penalty only for child rapists.

Claim Review :   President passed an ordinance allowing death sentence for all rapists in India
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  Misleading

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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