Cabinet clears anti-torture legislation
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The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved an anti-torture legislation that seeks to check inhuman treatment of people detained by Armed Forces and police.
The proposed legislation — that will also lead to ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel and Degrading Treatment, of which India is a signatory — is likely to be placed before Parliament in the second phase of the Budget Session.
"After a lot of deliberation on the issue, it was decided to bring a piece of standalone legislation so that the Convention could be ratified. Accordingly, a draft Bill, namely the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2009, was drafted," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters.
The proposed Bill prescribes a maximum of 10 years in jail for a person found guilty of torture. However, the proposed law will not apply in cases covered by special laws such as the Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet also approved a Rs 1,540-crore modernisation package for Doordarshan and All India Radio, to help these organisations face the growing competition in the broadcasting sector.
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