Pakistan Penal Code Amendments in Rape Laws 2016
Criminal Law (Amendment Offences Relating to Rape) Act, 2016 was passed in 2016. This amendment inserted some new section and amended some section of PPC in order to make more strict laws for the offence of rape.
Section 55 of PPC is amended and offences related with rape are made non commutable.
Section 376 of PPC is also amended; now whoever commits rape of minor or person with mental or physical disability shall be punished with death or imprisonment of life. It further stated that whoever being a public servant; including a police office, medical officer or jailor, taking advantage of his official position, commits rape shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life and fine.
Through this amendment, now disclosure of identity of victim of rape is also prohibited u/s 376A.
Law is also amended and it is compulsory for investigation officer to record statement of victim in presence of female police officer or other female family member of victim. Similarity it is also compulsory for Police to record FIR of such offence in presence of female police officer.
Now under this amended law DNA test is compulsory but with the consent of victim or his legal heirs and it is duty of IO to send the samples of DNA to forensic laboratory as soon as possible. A new section 344A is inserted in PPC which describes that court is bound to conclude the trial of offence related with rape in three months. Code of Criminal Procedure’s schedule is also amended for the explanation of the amended sections of PPC.
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Pakistan Penal Code Amendment offences relating with Rape PDF
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