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JK first state to have explicit law banning ‘sextortion’

December 15, 2018 09:59 AM

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir has become the first state in India to have a law explicitly banning sexual exploitation of women by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant, reports Rising Kashmir.

The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.

An official spokesman said the Bill seeks to amend the Ranbir Penal Code whereby specific offence under section 354 E is being inserted to provide for the offence of ‘Sextortion’.

“Amendments are being made in section 154, 161 and Schedule of Criminal Procedure Code and section 53 A of the Evidence Act so as to bring sextortion at par with similar offences prescribed under the Ranbir Penal Code and amendment is being made in Prevention of Corruption Act to amend the definition of misconduct and to provide that demand for sexual favours would also constitute misconduct within the meaning of section 5,” he said.

The SAC also approved the ‘Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.

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