UP passes bill for speedy disposal of rape cases
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 21:56
Lucknow: For speedy disposal of rape cases and stringent provision of bail for the accused, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill amending the Code of Criminal Procedure.

In the Code of Criminal Procedure (Uttar Pradesh Second Amendment) Bill a few sections and sub-sections related to trial and bail provisions in such cases have been introduced.

Section 235-A of the bill, passed by the Assembly, provides a judge to conclude the trial of offences under section 376 of the IPC as far as possible within a period of six months.

Under Section 437, (clause 1-1a), a person should not be released if there appears a reasonable ground for believing that he is guilty of an offence of rape, punishable with imprisonment.

This imprisonment shall not be less than seven years but can extend to a life term or for more than 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Section 439-A provides that a person arrested on charges of rape can be provided bail by a court only on two grounds.

First, the court including the High Court and Sessions Court, for the reasons to be recorded in writing, is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that such person is not guilty.

Second, such person is under the age of 16 or a sick or infirm.

The House also passed UP Tree Conservation (Amendment) Bill, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University Bill and Shobhit University Bill.


First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 21:56

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