India’s Cabinet has approved the introduction of the death penalty for child rapists, amid uproar over a series of high-profile cases.
The change to the country’s penal code applies to those convicted of raping a child under the age of 12.
There have been nationwide protests in recent weeks over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.
The government has come under fire for not doing enough to prevent sexual-assault cases, many involving children.
A number of serious crimes in India carry the death penalty, but raping a child was not among them until now.