Penalty for acid attack, death for rape in Maharashtra’s new draft Bills

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Dec 2020 4:17pm

Penalty for acid attack, death for rape in Maharashtra’s new draft Bills

Maharashtra cabinet approves two bills on December 10, 2020 to provide security and safety to women and children and the punishment provisions include death penalty for rape, acid attack and child abuse.

The Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2020 and the Special Court and Machinery for Implementation of Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law, 2020 were approved by the State Cabinet, Chief Minister Udbhav Thackrey being the head.

These bills, along with amendment to certain section of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, Code of Criminal Procedure and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 were discussed in the cabinet meeting. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that after the bills are passed by the State Legislature, these will be sent to the Centre for Presidential approval.

The drafts propose death penalty for heinous crimes against women and children. The particular cases coming up after this decision will be assigned to special police teams for faster investigation and a time limit will be set for the trial courts to give their judgments and wrap up with the case.

After the accused is proven guilty of acid attack, he will be fined with a compensation of Rs. 10Lacs for necessary medical treatments of the victim.

Under the mentioned legislations, if an accused is proven guilty, he will be imprisoned for 10 years and if the crime is heinous, he might be hanged too.

Along with these, certain amendments are made in the Cr.P.C., where the government mentioned that investigations of these crimes should be completed within 15days and the trial period limit will be 30days. The bill recommends that the appeal period should be shortened from six months to 45 days.

Tagged: death penalty   Maharashtra Shakti   Criminal Law   Maharashtra Amendment   Special Court   Chief Minister Udbhav Thackrey   Indian Penal Code   Sexual Offences Act   Code of Criminal Procedure  
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