Bill in Parl soon to curb honour killings: Moily

The government is planning to bring a Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament next month to provide for deterrent punishment for `honour` killings.

New Delhi: The government is planning to bring
a Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament next month to
provide for deterrent punishment for `honour` killings.

"We have already finalised a draft and the Bill should
come in the next session," Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told
reporters.

He said that the Bill envisages amendments to several
related acts, including the Evidence Act and the onus would
be on the accused to prove their innocence.

His comments came on a day when the Supreme Court, taking
note of the recent spurt in `honour` killings, sought response
from the Union government and eight states on steps taken to
prevent such incidents.

PTI

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