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Parliament monsoon session Highlights: Lok Sabha passes bill to provide death penalty to child rape convicts

The bill passed in the Lok Sabha replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21. Here are the highlights

By HT Correspondent | Jul 30, 2018 23:51 IST

The row over the publication of the National Register of Citizens in Assam echoed in the Parliament on Monday where Home Minister Rajnath Singh asserted the Centre has no role in the preparation of the draft list and it was done on the directives of the Supreme Court.

The Rajya Sabha saw repeated disruptions over the NRC issue and was adjourned for the day amid a ruckus in the post lunch sitting.

A bill that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years, was passed by the Lok Sabha.

8:15pm IST

Provisions in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018

The minimum punishment in cases of rape of women has been increased from rigorous imprisonment of seven years to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment, Rijiju said.

- In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, the minimum punishment has been increased from 10 to 20 years, extendable to imprisonment for rest of life, which means jail term till the convict’s “natural life”.

- The punishment for gangrape of a girl below 16 years will invariably be imprisonment for the rest of life of the convict.

- Stringent punishment for rape of a girl under 12 years has been provided with the minimum jail term being 20 years which may go up to life in prison or death sentence. Gangrape of a girl under 12 years of age will invite punishment of jail term for the rest of life or death.

- The deadline for the completion of trial in all rape cases will be two months. A six-month time limit for the disposal of appeals in rape cases has also been prescribed, the bill says, adding that there will also be no provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of rape or gangrape of a girl under 16 years.

7:55pm IST

Lok Sabha passes bill to provide death penalty to child rape convicts

Lok Sabha passes the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018.

The bill seeks to replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21, following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of another woman at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Although the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 was supported by most members across the political spectrum and passed by a voice vote, some in the Opposition objected to the government adopting the ordinance route to enact the law.

7:21pm IST

Rijiju on new provision in bill on punishment in rape cases

“New provision proposes that court where rape cases are trialed should be presided by a woman judge. Statement in rape cases should be recorded by a woman police officer,” says Kiren Rijiju in Lok Sabha during discussion on The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018.

6:46pm IST

Only change in mentality of men can stop rape: Owaisi

“Law cannot stop the rape of children, change of men’s mentality can,” says Asaduddin Owaisi in the Lok Sabha during discussion on The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018.

6:15pm IST

Maneka apologises for using term ‘other ones’ for transgenders

Maneka Gandhi apologised for using the term “the other ones” for transgenders in Lok Sabha, saying she did not “snigger but was embarrassed by her own lack of knowledge”.

Talking about the inclusion of information on prevention of human trafficking in school textbooks, Maneka Gandhi, on Thursday, had called transgenders “the other ones” in Lok Sabha.

The minister drew flak from the transgender community for using the word, with Meera Sanghamitra, a member of the National Alliance for People’s Movements and a trans woman, saying that Maneka Gandhi and all the MPs who “thumped and laughed must apologise”.

3:00pm IST

Javadekar defends eminence tag for Jio Insitute in Lok Sabha

Amid continuing criticism over institution of eminence tag for Jio Institute, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said only a “Letter of Intent” has been issued to it. As many as 114 applications were received, including 40 from the private sector, for being considered as Institutions of Eminence, he said. To a query on whether the HRD Ministry would reconsider the decision with regard to Jio Institute, Javadekar said it has “nothing to do with the government”. Besides Jio Institute, two other institutions -- Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS), Pilani and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal -- from the private sector were issued LoIs, the minister said.

2:45pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

The Rajya Sabha is adjourned for the day in the post-lunch sitting, amid rucker over the Assam NRC issue.

Soon after the House met in the post lunch sitting, the opposition members again raised the issue of NRC. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for 10 minutes to meet at 2.11 pm.

But, as soon as the House was reconvened, the opposition MPs were again on their feet. Naidu then adjourned the House for the day amid the uproar.

2:17pm IST

Congress is trying to politicise Assam NRC issue: Jitendra Singh

2:14pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha is adjourned till Tuesday following uproar by opposition on National Register of Citizens in Assam.

1:14pm IST

Lok Sabha adjourned

The Lower House of the Parliament is adjourned.

12:17pm IST

Home Minister speaks on NRC Assam draft in LS

Government hasn’t done anything, the work is happening under the supervision of Supreme Court: Rajnath Singh

Baseless allegation to attack government, says Rajnath Singh.

He says the list is not final and there will be opportunity to raise claims and objections so there is no need to create panic.

Such sensitive issue shouldn’t be politicised: Rajnath Singh

12:15pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned again

Rajya Sabha adjourned again till 2 pm amid uproar by opposition members, particularly from the Congress and TMC.

12:00pm IST

Opposition raises NRC Assam draft issue in Lok Sabha

Where will 40 lakh people will go... it is torture.. request Home minister to take up the issue and ensure justice shouldn’t be denied to these people: Sudip Bandyopadhyay, TMC on release of NRC draft in Assam

Opposition members say amendment should be brought in if necessary. CPI(M)MP Mohammed Salim says “Democratic right is at peril.”

11:25am IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned over TMC uproar

Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 12 noon after uproar by TMC MPs over the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

11:15am IST

Adjournment motion over NRC

TMC leader Sougata Roy gives an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the NRC Assam draft which was released earlier today.

11:10am IST

TDP continues protest

TDP MPs continue their protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.