Maharashtra cabinet OKs death for serious crimes against women and kids
On Wednesday, the state cabinet approved 2 draft bills that suggest the death penalty for heinous cases of rape, acid attack, and child abuse, in a bid to restraint crimes against women and children in MH.
The bills also have provisions to raise the allotment of punishment, including life term, cover new categories of crimes, and suggest a mechanism for speedy trials.
The 2 interconnected bills, which will be tabled in the winter session of the state legislature next week as part of the Shakti Act, are the Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act 2020 and the Special Court and Machinery for enactment of MH Shakti Criminal Law 2020.
Drafted on the lines of the Disha Act framed by AP, they seek to modify relevant sections of the IPC, CrPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Home minister (Anil Deshmukh) said that bills will be sent for approval to the Centre, once they are cleared by both Houses of the legislature.
Minister Varsha Gaikwad said, “The media is not permitted to report the name of a rape victim. The proposed Acts will give similar protection to victims of molestation and even acid attack.”
The draft bills propose to amend IPC Section 376 (rape) to rise the allotment of punishment to life term or death penalty in heinous cases where there’s enough conclusive proof or exemplary punishment is warranted.
Under the proposed legislations, acid attack will be made a non-bailable crime with jail term not less than ten years that could increased to life term with a fine of Rs ten lakh to be given to the victim for plastic surgery and facial reconstruction or even death penalty. Cases of gangrape, rape by a person in authority, and rape of minor girls will attract similar penalty.
The bills have defined new categories of offense which include intimidating and defaming through any channel of communication, including social media, which will attract up to 2 years’ jail or Rs one lakh fine under a section under IPC 354 E.
Penalty and jail terms have also been proposed for mobile service givers who do not cooperate in investigations. The bills have also been approved by cabinet for completing probes and trials within a specified time frame in the CrPC cases-investigation period has been reduced to fifteen days from 2 months, and a trial period to thirty days from sixty.
According to the draft bills, special police teams and separate courts will also be set up.
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