Mumbai: Maharashtra government, on Monday, tabled the Shakti Bills to check viciousness against women and children conjointly to set up a court in each area for rapid trial. One charge gives for strict discipline, counting the death penalty and fine up to Rs 10 lakh for violations such as assault, acid attack, and derogatory material on social media against women and children. The charge named ”Shakti” and displayed on the Disha Act in Andhra Pradesh provides for completion of examination and recording of charge sheet within 15 days and the completion of trial in 30 days.
The proposed amendments to the CrPC look to bring down the examination period from two months to 15 days, the trial period from two months to 30 days, and the appeal period to 45 days from the present six months. The law will have provision for special public prosecutors and special police groups, which is able to have at least one woman officer and will look to set up institutions to supply services, including medical or psychiatric bolster and care, psychiatric counselling to casualties, and encouraging legitimate and financial help and recovery.
The bill was prepared after more than 10 months of groundwork and was concluded by a high-level committee of the home department with Deshmukh going by Andhra Pradesh to think about the Disha Act. Both the bills are anticipated to be passed on Tuesday in the state council on the concluding day of the winter session.
State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh tabled the Maharashtra Shakti Criminal Law (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 2020, as well as Maharashtra Exclusive Special Court (for certain offenses against women and children under Shakti Law) on the primary day of the two-day winter session of the state legislature. The first bill has provision for the alteration in the existing areas of the Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Method (CrPC), and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act for stricter punishment whereas the second one is for establishing special courts, at least one in each district in the state for trial under the Act.