JK Govt. to Review Rape Laws

SRINAGAR: Following the massive public outcry over the gang rape of a Delhi girl, Jammu and Kashmir Government  is planning to review its laws related to sexual violence. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar today took a meeting to review the laws relating to rape, an official spokesman said, adding the meeting was held on the directions of Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah.  

The meeting was attended by  M. I. Qadri, Advocate General, G. H. Tantray, Secretary Law, and Senior Officers of the Department.

It was emphasized during the meeting that very effective and stringent provisions are needed to be incorporated in the law relating to sexual offences to make it deterrent and in tune with public sentiments.  

The changes in law will deal with various stages including investigation, prosecution and trial of such cases.  The Department will also consult some experts on the subject to make it comprehensive and effective. It will include changes in substantive law Rambir Penal Code (RPC) as well as the procedural laws (i.e. Criminal procedure Code and Evidence Act). Necessary initiatives will be taken to provide for fast-track investigation as well as fast track trial within shortest period.

It was further decided that a final draft of the Bill shall be prepared shortly for being placed before the Cabinet.

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