Sexual exploitation of women now criminal offence in Jammu and Kashmir

Updated: Dec 15, 2018, 10:20 IST | Agencies | Jammu

Amendments are being made in Sections 154, 161 and Schedule of Criminal Procedure Code and Section 53A of the Evidence Act so as to bring sextortion at par with similar offences prescribed under the RPC

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik arrives to address the media in Jammu, Wednesday, Dec 11, 2018. Pic/PTI
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik arrives to address the media in Jammu, Wednesday, Dec 11, 2018. Pic/PTI

Jammu and Kashmir on Friday became the first state to have a law explicitly banning sexual exploitation of woman by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or by a public servant.

The State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik approved the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. "The Bill seeks to amend the state Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) whereby specific offence under Section 354E is being inserted to provide for the offence of 'Sextortion'. "Amendments are being made in Sections 154, 161 and Schedule of Criminal Procedure Code and Section 53A of the Evidence Act so as to bring sextortion at par with similar offences prescribed under the RPC.

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