A SHAKTI VAHINI RESEARCH INITIATIVE
Only one incident of Sati has been registered in Chhattisgarh in 2008. As for the other crimes against women, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has recorded 185312, 195856 and 203804 cases in the country in 2007, 2008 and 2009 respectively. This was revealed by the Minister of State (I/C) of Women and Child Development Smt. Krishna Tirath in Rajya Sabha today.
There is no proposal to amend the existing law on Sati nor is there any proposal to bring about a separate law to prevent the crimes against women. Except for the provisions relating to Rape and Molestation, the existing provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) with regard to Kidnapping & Abduction (Sec. 363-373), Dowry Death (Sec.304-B) and Cruelty to married women (Sec.498A), which deal with the major offences committed against women, are adequate.
Smt. Krishna Tirath said that besides IPC, there are specific laws in existence for tackling offences such as trafficking, dowry, indecent representation, sati and domestic violence against women. They are Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956; Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961; Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986; Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987 and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. In addition, the Government has introduced a Bill in 2010 in Parliament to protect the women against sexual harassment at work place. ‘The Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill, 2010’ is a comprehensive Bill which will replace the existing guidelines on sexual harassment issued by the Supreme Court in Vishaka and others V. State of Rajasthan and others.
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