Last month Romania’s prime minister said that she is considering a referendum on harsher penalties for crimes like murder, rape
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also called for efforts to reduce the authorities’ reaction time in similar cases, after police were criticized for reacting too slowly to the girl’s repeated phone calls for help to the country’s emergency hotline. Romania’s national police chief was fired Friday over the handling of the case.
Today she confirmed the idea that Romania will approve an emergency decree, making life imprisonment the punishment for rape and pedophilia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Thursday, days after DNA tests confirmed that a kidnapped Romanian girl had been killed, Reuters reported.
Thousands of people took part Saturday evening in a march protesting the handling of the case, blaming Romanian officials for negligence, incompetence and a lack of empathy.
It reportedly took police 19 hours until they began to search the suspect’s home after the victim’s calls saying she had been beaten and raped by a man who picked her up in his car as she was hitchhiking to Caracal from a nearby village.
Do you think that this is the appropriate punishment for rapists and pedophiles?