Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013- India

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 passed today in India does the following:

• Amends various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Indian Evidence Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

• States that an offender can be sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for 20 years or more to life with a fine

• Defines stalking and voyeurism as non-bailable offences if repeated for a second time.

• Terms acid attack finally as a crime and perpetrators of acid attack will attract a 10-year jail. Plus the victim is granted right to self-defense!

• Also seeks to widen the definition of rape, broaden the ambit of aggravated rape and enhance the punishment for such crimes

• Also provides that all hospitals shall immediately provide first aid and/or medical treatment free of cost to the victims of acid attack or rape

• Also seeks to amend the Indian Evidence Act to allow a rape victim, if she is temporarily or permanently mentally or physically disabled, to record her statement before a judicial magistrate with the assistance of an interpreter or a special educator. It also has provisions to video-graph the proceedings. Registered & Protected

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