Constitution & Law Current Affairs - 2020

Summary of latest bill and acts passed or pending in 2019 in Parliament of India with their salient features and issues for Current Affairs 2019 preparation for various examinations such as UPSC, SSC, State Civil Services, CLAT, Judicial Services etc.

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Chemical castration, 30-year jail as proposed in anti-rape draft bill by Congress

imageIn the wake of the horrific gang rape in Delhi, Congress, in its anti-rape  draft bill, has proposed imprisonment of up to 30 years which could also include chemical castration in rare cases to curb crimes against women. Although the final draft is yet to be submitted to Justice J.S. Verma Committee established to recommend changes in the existing laws  to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault.

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Swift trial should not be at the cost of fair trial: CJI

image On the occasion of inauguration of the first of the five newly announced fast-track courts established in Saket, Delhi to try cases related to sexual offence against women, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir appreciated people’s anger over rape but warned against allowing it sweep over the legal procedures. He said that a swift trial should not be at the cost of a fair trial. He welcomed government measures to set up fast track courts which will proceed on a day-to-day basis and adjournments would be for a smaller span such as a day or two.

Meanwhile, 2500 lawyers registered at Saket District Bar Council have decided to “stay away” to ensure “speedy justice”, implying the government will have to appoint lawyers for the defendants.

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