Crim­i­nal law Amend­ment Bill to be tabled soon

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Crim­i­nal Law Amend­ment bill 2009 against child abuse will be pre­sented in next cab­i­net meet­ing likely to be held on Wed­nes­day.

The devel­op­ment took place af­ter Ad­vi­sor to Prime Min­ster's re­quest to Prime Min­is­ter Raja Pervez Ashraf in his ad­dress on Uni­ver­sal Chil­dren Day cer­e­mony held at Pak­istan Na­tional Coun­cil of the Arts, of­fi­cial sources told APP here on Mon­day. The Prime Min­is­ter di­rected min­istry of hu­man rights to sub­mit the bill with in three days and as­sured that the bill will be passed by the cab­i­net fol­lowed by the par­lia­ment. The law pro­poses im­pris­on­ment not less than one year and may ex­tend to seven years and fine not less than Rs 100,000 and may ex­tend to Rs 500,000 for the per­pe­tra­tors of child pornog­ra­phy or ex­pos­ing child to se­duc­tion.

The amend­ment law also sug­gests in­creas­ing the age of crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity, pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion to chil­dren from cor­po­ral pun­ish­ment and pro­poses pun­ish­ment for in­ter­nal hu­man traf­fick­ing. Sec­tion 292 B says that who­ever takes, per­mits to be taken, with or with­out the con­sent of child or his or her par­ent or guardian, any pho­to­graph, film, video, pic­ture or rep­re­sen­ta­tion, por- trait or com­puter gen­er­ated im­age or pic­ture where vis­ual de­pic­tion in­volves the use of mi­nor boy or girl is said to have com­mit­ted an of­fence of child pornog­ra­phy. The law will ap­ply even if the de­pic­tion has been cre­ated, adapted or mod­i­fied to ap­pear that an iden­ti­fi­able mi­nor is en­gag­ing in ob­scene or sex­u­ally ex­plicit con­duct, sources said.

The prepa­ra­tion, pos­ses­sion or distri­bu­tion of any data stored on a com­puter disk or any other mod­ern gad­get will also be an of­fence un­der this sec­tion and can lead to a term of two to seven years or a fine of Rs 200,000 to Rs 700,000 or both. An­other amend­ment un­der Sec­tion 328, they in­formed, men­tions that who­ever will­fully as­sault, ill-treats, ne­glects, aban­dons, or does an act of omis­sion or com­mis­sion that re­sults in or have po­ten­tial to harm or in­jure the child caus­ing phys­i­cal or psy­cho­log­i­cal in­jury to a child can lead to im­pris­on­ment from 1 to 3 years and a fine of Rs 100,000 to Rs 300,000 or both. For hu­man traf­fick­ing within Pak­istan, sec­tion 369 A pro­poses im­pris­on­ment of Rs five to seven years and a fine of Rs 500,000 to Rs 700,000.

Sources said the pun­ish­ment of child abuse can ex­tend to life im­pris­on­ment and li­able to fine which shall not be less that Rs 500,000.

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