Crimes Against Women: More Stringent Laws In Offing


JAMMU: The Government has constituted a Committee to recommend amendments to make the existing laws dealing with the offences against women more stringent.

The committee was constituted by the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah, while chairing a high level meeting. 

The Committee headed by Advocate General with  Secretary Law, Director Prosecution and Special Secretary Law as its members will  submit its report within a week’ s time. In this regard the department has also sought suggestions from law experts, civil society members and academicians to make such laws more effective. The Committee has also been asked to study the Justice Verma Committee report. 

The issues regarding bail provision, time period for investigation, trial period, classification of cases, strengthening of women police stations and their jurisdiction, the rank of officers to be appointed as investigation officer in such cases and recording of statement under section 164, were discussed threadbare during the meeting.

Later, the Minister also chaired a meeting convened to review the arrangements for the smooth conduct of ensuing Budget Session. 

Taking stock of pace of construction work on the Legislature Complex, the Minister directed the executing agencies to speed up the pace of work and ensure timely completion. 

The Budget session calendar of both Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council has been issued which is starting from February 28, the meeting was informed. 

Among others, Advocate General, M I Qadri, Secretary, Law G H Tantray, Secretary, Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Ramzan, Secretary, Legislative Council Mohammad Ashraf, besides, Director Prosecution, attended the meeting.

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