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Bill to ease rape victims’ agony passed

A landmark bill to enable rape victims to appeal against acquittal of the accused, to entitle them to compensation and to be medically examined only by women medical practitioners was cleared in the Rajya Sabha.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2008 00:15 IST

A landmark bill to enable rape victims to appeal against acquittal of the accused, to entitle them to compensation and to be medically examined only by women medical practitioners was cleared in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill also provides that only women officers would record a victim’s statement at her residence and for cases to be heard by women judges, “where practicable,” Home Minister P Chidambaram said.

The bill also provides for trial through video-conferencing and video recording of witness statements.

Chidambaram told the Upper House that the government aimed to provide protection to rape victims and ensure that they were not caused to suffer any further anguish during investigation of the case, as is quite frequently the case.

A key feature of the bill is that victims would only be medically examined by a woman medical practitioner.

Jaya reprimanded

Samajwadi Party (SP) member Jaya Bachchan was on reprimanded in the Rajya Sabha and was asked to “behave properly”. As P.J. Kurien, who was in the Chair, asked Virendra Bhatia of SP to conclude his remarks on the CrPC Amendment Bill, Bachchan intervened saying her colleague should be given more time.

Kurien said it was not an interruption. Bachchan said, “You cannot point fingers at me.”

Pilot training

There is no need to make CAT-IIIB training mandatory for airline pilots operating across the country, the government has told the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

“The problem of dense fog is unique to only certain parts of the country. There is no need to make CAT-IIIB training mandatory for all pilots,” Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said.

Pranab on immigrants

Union Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee told Rajya Sabha that over one lakh illegal Indian immigrants were in Western countries. He said said the Government has planned to introduce biometric passports by 2010 to check human trafficking.

“Our policy is whenever the nationality (of the worker detained) is identified, we bring them back," he said. Mukherjee, however, categorically stated that India was not sending any “terrorist” to foreign countries. “These (people going illegally from India to foreign land) are civilians, job seekers... We are not sending any terrorist or infiltrators into any country.”

(With PTI inputs)