New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha today
referred the Prevention of Torture Bill 2010 to a Select
Committee of Parliament.
The bill, which has already been passed in the Lok
Sabha, provides up to ten years of imprisonment to public
servants responsible for torturing any person to elicit
information or other purposes.
Brinda Karat (CPI-M) had demanded that the bill should
be referred to a select committee of Parliament.
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
October 1997, which required an enabling legislation to be
adopted to reflect the definition and punishment for torture.
After considerable deliberations on the issue, it was
decided to bring in a stand alone legislation so that the UN
Convention could be ratified.