Law Department awaits suggestions, recommendations on amending laws

SEXUAL OFFENCES

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Jan 22: The State Law Department is yet to receive suggestions from experts and members of civil society on making necessary amendments in laws related to offences against women. 
 Sources told Greater Kashmir that two weeks back, the Law Department had sent official communication to various experts seeking their opinion on the amendments which could be made in laws related to sexual offences in the State within short possible time.
 The opinion, according to sources, was sought from law professionals, senior lawyers, academics at the Law Departments of the University of Kashmir and Jammu, retired high court judges, members of women’s commission, members of woman welfare board and others. However, the Department has not received any suggestion so far.
 The Law Department had asked legal experts to send their recommendations and/or suggestions via mail, fax or by any other medium in shortest possible time to enable the government to draft the amendment bill for the upcoming budget session. Sources said if the recommendations would not reach to Law department within a week, a reminder would be sent to all the experts. “After seeking recommendations of various stakeholders, a draft bill `Amendment in Laws related to Sexual Offence’ is expected to be tabled before state cabinet and then before both houses of the State Legislature to make the necessary amendments,” they said.
 Sources said the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and procedural laws including J&K Criminal Procedure Code (JKCrPC) and the J&K Evidence Act, 1977 were likely to be amended, after going through the suggestions/recommendations provided.
 Law Secretary GH Tantray said the recommendations were expected to reach the office within one week. “After getting the recommendations, a bill will be forwarded to the cabinet for its nod so as to table it finally before the state legislature,” he told Greater Kashmir.
 Pertinently, in the backdrop of widespread protests against gang-rape of a girl in New Delhi, the Jammu and Kashmir government had decided to review its laws related to sexual offences to ensure stringent punishment for offence against women.
 In J&K, 2,360 rape cases are pending trial in various courts. The highest number of 416 rape cases are pending in courts in Baramulla district, followed by Kulgam 250, Anantnag 247, Kupwara 196, Pulwama 162, and Srinagar 157.
 Moreover, in Jammu province, Jammu district tops the list with 147 pending rape cases and is followed by district Rajouri with 121cases.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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