Prevention of Torture Bill to be tabled in budget session: Law Minister

The much awaited Prevention of Torture Bill will be tabled in the upcoming budget session of Parliament. This was stated Union Minister for Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar here on Saturday during his maiden visit to his hometown of Gurdaspur after being assigned the new portfolio.

Among those who had been pitching for immediate passage of the bill is National Human Rights Commission

Talking to reporters in Gurdaspur, Kumar termed the proposed tabling of bill in Parliament as "historic step" to protect rights of people and said once the bill took the form of an Act, it would go a long way in checking the custodial deaths.

Speaking about the security of women in India, Kumar said a new bill is in the offing after submission of Justice J S Verma Commission report in about a week's time.

Kumar said empowerment of women was only possible if their security was ensured.

He also said 1,800 new judicial officers will be recruited to fast track cases for disposal, which would mean 10 percent increase in existing strength of 18,000 judicial officers.

Kumar said the newly recruited officials will be posted in fast track courts and another proposal of recruiting about 2,000 to 2,500 judges was also being mulled.

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