Criminal law Amendment Bill to be tabled soon
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.