Punjab: No remission for rape convicts

After dilly-dallying its promised response to the Punjab and Haryana High Court early this month, the state government has finally decided to withdraw its policy that allows remission of sentence to rape convicts.

Principal Secretary (Home) D S Bains said the amended policy had been moved as a memorandum to the cabinet and following the cabinet nod, is likely to be passed in the upcoming budget session of the Assembly beginning March 11.

"Other than convicted rapists, the new policy also strengthens the various provisions in the law in dealing with rape accused in accordance with the Criminal Law Ordinance 2013 on Sexual Assault passed by the government of India," he said.

The Principal Secretary added that though there has been no reference from the Union Home Ministry to the state regarding the ordinance, the state has decided to implement it in toto.

The government's move to do away with remission for rape convicts comes in wake of a PIL filed by advocate H C Arora in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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