Strict Punishment for harassing women on social media: AP CM

The AP Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2019

The AP Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2019, brought after the Hyderabad rape, has sentenced women to four years in prison for social media harassment (Harassing Women).
The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday passed a bill to punish online sexual harassment of women and online harassment.

Named in honor of the Hyderabad veterinarian who was raped and killed in the city’s suburbs last month, the AP Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2019 or the “AP Directive Bill” has imposed a four-year jail term for people who harass women with offensive material on social media.

Other provisions include a 21-day deadline for investigation and prosecution of rape cases where conclusive evidence, including DNA, is available. The current time limit is four months.

Both of these regulations require amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC) and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan said the bill would now be sent to Delhi for the approval of the President, as the peacekeepers are at the same time. Jagan Mohan Reddy said in his closing remarks during the assembly debate on the bill.

When the bill was debated, Reddy was hailed for last week’s “encounter” in neighboring Telangana, where four men accused of raping and killing a veterinarian were shot dead in an attempt to escape.

“We are cheering and applauding when police officers or heroes provide such instant justice in the cinema. Actually, this is what happened in Telangana,” he said.

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In the same breath, he questioned the investigation initiated by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Supreme Court in the encounter, labeling it an “illegal murder” aimed at arousing the anger of some people.

“But now we have NHRC and Supreme Court investigating committees. What do they prove? They say the rape is horrific, but the police encounter is dismal, ”Reddy said.

“When faced with such investigative circumstances (of their actions), what can the government or its police do? They will turn cold and it will encourage criminals again.

“… We brought in the law of impunity, but those perpetrators will not be punished even after seven years,” he said. “In such a scenario, how can a parent or someone trust our legal system?”

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The bill includes provisions for imprisonment for child sexual abuse to 14 years.

According to the bill, online harassment of women is up to two years in prison for the first time and repeat the offense is four years.

The Assembly also approved the Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Special Offenses for Women and Children Bill 2019 to set up 13 dedicated courts, one in each district and 13 dedicated courts to investigate cases of crime against women, including rape and gangs. Rape, stalking and voyeurism.

Some observers have called the 21-day period “too short” to end investigations and hearings, even though it seems to have settled the public outrage over the crimes against women.

“It is advisable to bring a law to end such cases in 21 days, but the period is too short,” said Gopal V. Kapoor, a lawyer in Mahabubnagar district court.

“Under pressure to get the police to do their part, they are likely to run into an investigation,” he added.


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