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Sanyas from party politics; Yashwant Sinha quits BJP for bigger cause

Senior BJP leader and former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been trenchant in his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, has announced that he was snapping his links with the BJP and launching a countrywide campaign to save the democracy.

Asifa stirs nation, moves govt to clear decree on child rape; death penalty in 6 months

An ordinance promulgated by the Modi government after due Cabinet approval seeks to allow courts to award the death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age. The government is hoping that this will act as a serious deterrent against such depraved acts. Statistics reveal that in 2015 as many as 5,700 people accused of raping minors were acquitted while only 2,241 were convicted. While a deterrent has been created by the new ordinance, the war on rape and rapists will have to look at the fact that 70 per cent of rapists get away. The ordinance comes at a time when there is a national outrage over the unspeakable rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu. In fact, even on the day of the ordinance, an infant was raped in Madhya Pradesh.