AP Disha Act Wiki, AP Disha Bill for harsher punishments for crimes against women: The Government of Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday 11th December 2019 approved a draft legislation that mandates disposal of cases of atrocities against women within 21 days and handing out the death penalty.
AP Disha Act Wiki
Speedy trial and judgment
The Disha act calls for speedy trial within 14 days and judgment within 21 days in case of heinous crimes against women such as acid attacks and rape, in the presence of conclusive evidence.
Special courts to be set up
The Andhra cabinet has also given its approval to the Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences against Women and Children Act 2019, which proposes the establishment of special courts in every district in the country to deal with cases of crimes against women and children.
The special courts will deal with serious offences such as acid attacks, rape, gang rape, sexual harassment, stalking and voyeurism. It would also deal with cases under the POCSO Act.
Under the bill, those found guilty of sexual abuse and assault on children will be tried under section 354 (F) of the Indian Penal Code. The AP cabinet has increased the jail term for such crimes under the POCSO Act. The punishment for a sexual attack on children will now invite 10-14 years of a jail term or life imprisonment, depending upon the severity of the committed crime.
AP Disha Act Telugu
దిశ ఘటన నేపథ్యంలో మహిళల భద్రత దిశగా జగన్ సర్కారు కీలక నిర్ణయం తీసుకుంది. మహిళలపై నేరాలకు పాల్పడే వారికి కఠిన శిక్ష విధించే బిల్లుకు ఏపీ కేబినెట్ ఆమోదం తెలిపింది.
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మహిళలపై అత్యాచారం లాంటి క్రూరమైన నేరాలకు పాల్పడితే ఉరిశిక్ష
నిర్ధారించే ఆధారాలున్నప్పుడు (కన్క్లూజివ్ ఎవిడెన్స్) 21 రోజుల్లోనే తీర్పు
మహిళలు, చిన్నారులపై నేరాల విచారణకు ప్రతి జిల్లాకు ప్రత్యేక కోర్టులు
మహిళలు, బాలికల భద్రత కోసం ‘ఏపీ దిశ యాక్ట్’
ముసాయిదా బిల్లుకు రాష్ట్ర మంత్రివర్గం ఆమోదం
ప్రస్తుత అసెంబ్లీ సమావేశాల్లోనే చట్టరూపం దాల్చనున్న కొత్త బిల్లు
ఐపీసీలో 354(ఇ), 354(ఎఫ్) సెక్షన్ల చేర్పునకు గ్రీన్సిగ్నల్
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సోషల్ మీడియాలో మహిళల్ని కించపరిస్తే 2 నుంచి 4 ఏళ్ల జైలు
What are the highlights of the Disha Act?
Introducing women and children offenders registry
The government of India has launched a National Registry of Sexual offenders but the database is not digitized and is not accessible to the public. In the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act, 2019, the Andhra Pradesh government will establish, operate and maintain a register in electronic form, to be called the ‘Women & Children Offenders Registry’.
This registry will be made public and will be available to law enforcement agencies.
Exclusive punishment of death penalty for rape crimes
At present, provision for punishing an offender in a rape case is a fixed jail term leading to life imprisonment or the death sentence.
The Disha Act 2019 has prescribed the death penalty for rape crimes where there is adequate conclusive evidence. Provision is given by amending Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Reducing the judgment period to 21 days
The existing judgment period as per the Nirbhaya Act, 2013 and Criminal Amendment Act, 2018 is 4 months (two months of investigation period and two months of trial period)
As per the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act 2019, the judgment will now have to be pronounced in 21 working days from date of offence in cases of rape crimes with substantial conclusive evidence.
The investigation shall be completed in seven working days and trial shall be completed in 14 working days. For this, amendments have been made to Section 173 and Section 309 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, 1973 and via the introduction of additional clauses in the act.
The same has been done in cases involving minors.
Stringent punishment for sexual offences against children
In cases of molestation/sexual assault on children under the POCSO Act, 2012, punishment ranges from a minimum of three years to maximum of seven years of imprisonment.
In the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act 2019, apart from rape, the Government of Andhra Pradesh prescribes life imprisonment for other sexual offences against children.
New Sections 354F and Section 354G ‘Sexual Assault on Children’ is being inserted in the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
Punishment for harassment of women through social media
At present, no such provision exists in the Indian Penal Code. In the AP Disha Act, 2019, in cases of harassment of women through email, social media, digital mode or any other form, the guilty shall be punishable with imprisonment.
The imprisonment will be for a term which may extend to two years on first conviction and with imprisonment for a term which may extend to four years on second and subsequent conviction.
A new Section 354E ‘Harassment of Women’ is being added in Indian Penal Code, 1860
Establishment of exclusive special courts in every district of Andhra Pradesh
In the AP Disha Act, 2019, the government will establish exclusive special courts in each district to ensure speedy trial. These courts will exclusively deal with cases of offences against women and children including rape, acid attacks, stalking, voyeurism, social media harassment of women, sexual harassment and all cases under the POCSO Act. The state government has introduced the ‘Andhra Pradesh Special Courts for Specified Offences against Women & Children Act, 2019′.
Reducing appeal to 3 months for disposal of rape cases
At present, the period for disposal of appeal cases related to rape cases against women and children is six months. In the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act, 2019, the period for disposal of appeal cases has been reduced to three months. Amendments are being made in Section 374 and 377 of Code of Criminal Procedure Act, 1973.
Constitution of special police teams and appointment of the special public prosecutor in special courts
There is no such provision in existing laws. In the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act, 2019, the government will constitute special police teams at the district level to be called District Special Police Team to be headed by DSP for investigation of offences related to women and children.
The government will also appoint a special public prosecutor for each exclusive special court.
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