Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 Passed in the Lok Sabha

Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 Passed in the Lok Sabha

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 was passed in the Lok Sabha on 19 March 2013. Now the bill will be the tabled in the Rajya Sabha where the voting will take place.

Key features of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 passed in the Lok Sabha are as follows:

  • The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 was actually the Ordinance that was promulgated by the President of India on 3 February 2013.
  • The bill seeks to make amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act as well as Indian Evidence Act.
  • The bill states that offender could be given an imprisonment of not less than 20 years, extendable up to life term.
  • The bill also includes provisions for death sentence for offenders who are convicted earlier for such crimes.
  • This is for the first time that the bill described voyeurism and stalking as the non-bailable offences, in case repeated for the second time.
  • Perpetrators of acid attacks would be sentenced for 10-year jail term.

New offences incorporated in the Indian Penal Code (IPC)

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 incorporated new offences in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which are as follows:

  • Acid Attack
  • Attempt to Acid Attack
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Public disrobing of woman
  • Voyeurism
  • Stalking

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