Ashwani Kumar to head select committee to examine torture bill
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Last Updated: Friday, September 03, 2010, 19:39
  
New Delhi: Senior Congress MP Ashwani Kumar will head the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha to scrutinise the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has constituted the Committee which would have 12 other members from various political parties.

The bill provides up to ten years of imprisonment to public servants responsible for torturing any person to get information or other purposes.

The bill is a stand-alone legislation which defines 'torture' and provides for punishment to those involved.

India had signed the UN Convention against Torture, Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment in 1997, which required an enabling legislation to be adopted to reflect the definition and punishment for torture.

The Bill, already passed by Lok Sabha, has been recently referred to the Select Committee of Parliament following demands from some members in the Rajya Sabha.

Other members of the Committee are E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, Shantaram Laxman Naik, Vijaylaxmi Sadho, Janardhan Waghmare, S S Ahluwalia, Kalraj Mishra, Maya Singh, Naresh Gujral, Brinda Karat, Satish Chandra Misra, Ahmad Saeed Malihabadi and Ashok S Ganguly.

PTI


First Published: Friday, September 03, 2010, 19:39


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