J&K govt to review laws relating to sexual offences

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Jammu (PTI): Amid growing public consensus over toughest possible punishment to rapists, the Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to tighten the existing laws dealing with sexual offences to make them more deterrent.

A decision into this effect was taken Monday 31 December 2012 during a review meeting headed by Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, an official spokesperson said.

The amendments will include changes in state’s Ranbir Penal Code, besides procedural laws like Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act, he said, adding that a final draft of the Bill will be prepared shortly for being placed before the Cabinet. The changes will deal with various stages including investigation, prosecution and trial, he said.

The department will also take advise of experts on the subject to make the amendments more comprehensive and effective, the spokesperson said.

Necessary initiatives will be taken to ensure fast-track investigation and trial in cases of rape, he said.

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