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Friday, March 1, 2024

Anti-Rape bill approved by Senate

The Anti-Rape (Investigation and Prosecution) (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was unanimously adopted by the Senate Standing Committee on Friday.

The Anti-Rape (Investigation and Prosecution) (Amendment) Bill, 2022, was adopted by the Senate’s Interior Committee, opening the door for restrictions on the travel of those involved in sex crimes from one place to another.

Shahadat Awan, the minister of state for law and justice, opposed the measure because the provinces hadn’t been consulted before ratification, but the committee unanimously voted to pass the bill.

Senator Mohsin Aziz, the head of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, proposed the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Prosecution) (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Addition of new Sections 52B, 512, 513, and 514 to PPC and Amendments to Schedule II of CrPC) was also reviewed by the committee before being forwarded to the Senate by the National Assembly.

In an effort to offer some comfort to the relatives of the missing persons, the bill seeks to prosecute those responsible for the horrible crime of enforced disappearances. The interior secretary asked the committee to put off the discussion of the bill, and a meeting would be scheduled soon to discuss the proposal under the direction of the law minister.

On the advice of the committee’s members, the chairman of the Senate’s Interior Committee, Senator Moshin Aziz, postponed discussion of the measure for one month. The committee discussed the Islamabad Capital Territory Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, 2022 that Senator Fawzia Arshad had submitted, and after careful consideration, the committee unanimously adopted the bill.

The bill attempts to identify and penalize those accountable for housing project delays in various parts of the nation’s capital. A number of the bill’s provisions have been sought to be amended by CDA officials and the top commissioner in Islamabad. After making the required changes, the committee members passed the bill.

New plans and initiatives should not be accepted, according to senator Moshin Aziz, until the current ones are finished. Senators Maula Bux Chandio, Saifullah Abro, Shahadat Awan, Fawzia Arshad, Kamil Ali Agha, Dilawar Khan, and Fida Muhammad, as well as the chief commissioner of Islamabad, CDA, and representatives from the Ministry of Interior, all attended the meeting of the Senate’s Committee on Interior.