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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019; proposed law introduces possibility of death penalty

Parliament Updates: Congress MP Kapil Sibal said, 'Why do you need a separate provision to declare a person as a terrorist? Will a person be declared a terrorist before an FIR is passed, or after the chargesheet is filed?'

FP Staff August 01, 2019 20:12:27 IST
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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019; proposed law introduces possibility of death penalty
  • While the Rajya Sabha passed the NMC Bill, 2019, the Lok Sabha passed the POCSO (Amendment) Bill

  • The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019, or the UAPA draft law was discussed in the Upper House

  • Lok Sabha also passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019, moved by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

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Delhi’s resident doctors to protest introduction of NMC Bill in RS, decide to withdraw all services, including emergency

Healthcare services at government hospitals, including AIIMS, Safdarjung and RML in Delhi, are likely to be severely hit with resident doctors deciding to withdraw all kind of services, including that of emergency department, on Thursday to protest the introduction of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. 

The Bill, which seeks to replace the graft-tainted Medical Council of India (MCI),  drew flak from doctors who allege it is anti-poor, anti-student and undemocratic".

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Aug 01, 2019 - 20:10 (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am on 2 August

Aug 01, 2019 - 20:02 (IST)

Lok Sabha discusses Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill.

Aug 01, 2019 - 20:01 (IST)

Lok Sabha unanimously passes POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Aug 01, 2019 - 19:59 (IST)

National database has names of 6,20,000 child sexual offenders, says Smriti Irani


In a reply to the debate on the POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani said that a national database, put together in 2018, has a list of 6,20,00 perpetrators, who are tracked by investigating agencies.

She also informed the House that the media has been given guidelines to conduct senstive coverage of cases of crime against children. Exposing the identity of a child victim is punishable with jail up to a year, she informed.

Irani also agreed that the convictionr ate under POCSO is low, adding that precautions are taken to ensure no innocent is punished. She said no person under 16 will be hanged under this law, while expressing regret that number of “child perpetrators” is rising.

Aug 01, 2019 - 19:49 (IST)

Establish special POCSO courts in every district, says Thol Thirumavalavan

Independent Lok Sabha MP Sumalatha Ambareesh said that even death penalty is not enough for those who commit heinous crimes against children, while RLP's Hanuman Beniwal said the perpetrators should be hanged in public.

While BJP's Darshana Vikram Jardosh welcomed all the penalties suggested in the Bill, VCK's Thol Thirumavalavan said that though his party is opposed to death penalty, there should be exceptions in rarest of the rare cases. talking about the Kathua and Unnao rape cases and the the conduct of the police in such cases, he said that the provision of not questioning the child victim directly is not being followed. He also posed a demand for POCSO special courts in every district.

Aug 01, 2019 - 19:18 (IST)

Angry exchanges are taking place between members of the Opposition and BJP MP JP Nadda

Aug 01, 2019 - 19:17 (IST)

'34 groups designated as terror organisations in Congress era', says MoS Home G Kishan Reddy

In the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said, "In order to declare Masood Azhar as a terrorist, the then Indian prime minister had sought international support. In the Congress-era, around 34 organisations were declared as terrorist organisations. We are only continuing the work that the Congress started in 1967."

Aug 01, 2019 - 19:04 (IST)

Social movement needed against child sexual abuse, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in the Lok Sabha, "There must be a social movement against child sexual abuse in the country. We also need to ensure that there are enough courts to deal with the cases.

Aug 01, 2019 - 18:56 (IST)

National Medical Commission Bill, 2019: Here's all you need to know about legislation

The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday and despite widespread protests by doctors, the bill will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. It repeals the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 that led to the formation of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

The broad role of the NMC will include:

— Regulation of the fees for 50 percent seats at both MBBS and postgraduate level in all private and deemed universities.

— Introducing new schemes and reforms to tackle the skewed distribution of medical seats across various medical institutes in the country.

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Aug 01, 2019 - 18:51 (IST)

Acquittal rates under UAPA Act very low, says TMC's Sukhendu Sekhar Roy

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said that the rates of acquittal under the UAPA Act are very low, and there are several cases of people being falsely implicated.

Parliament Updates:  Congress MP Kapil Sibal said, "Why do you need a separate provision to declare a person as a terrorist? Will a person be declared a terrorist before an FIR is passed, or after the chargesheet is filed? How is this consistent with the principle of 'innocent till proven guilty?'"

Manoj Kumar Jha (RJD) says blatant privatisation is not a panacea. Don't celebrate quackery as a kind of contribution, he says. This is an omission Bill, not a Commission Bill.

"There are some people, some doctors who have some concerns about the bill, but I would like to tell them that myself being a long time campaigner for the medical association, I will be the last person to fail to uphold the integrity of the medical profession," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who is also a qualified doctor, said.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moves The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for debate and passing in the Lok Sabha.

After hearing out the members, Speaker Om Birla said that although the government was acting as per rules in changing the List of Business, he will still take into consideration the members' concerns. He said he will personally ensure that at least a day's notice is given before a new bill is tabled.

The Opposition on Thursday fired fresh salvos at the government in Lok Sabha for its constant habit of revising the list of businesses at the last moment, leaving many members to be taken by surprise when they find an entirely new agenda for the Parliament, the next day.

Expect an intense session in Rajya Sabha as emboldened by its victory on the triple talaq bill, the government plans to table two more contentious bills in the House of Elders today. First is the The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019, or the UAPA draft law, which ostensibly will strengthen the system against terrorism. However, the Opposition argues the bill is rife with inconsistencies and loophole making it possible for the State or authorities to misuse the new found powers under the law. Second is the National Medical Commission Bill, which has the entire medical fraternity up in arm against the legislation. Key all India doctors' bodies, including the Indian Medical Association and the Resident Doctors' Association have announced a 24-hour strike to protest against the bill.

Replying to the Opposition's concerns that the provisions in the UAPA amended bill could be misused by the state, Home Minister Amit Shah defended the bill saying, "The law is just to finish terrorism in the country and not to misuse it. I assure the house that it will not be misused. The toughest laws are needed to weed out terror from its roots. I have merely brought in amendments."

On Wednesday, the Opposition hit out at the government both inside and outside Parliament and accused it of not keeping its word on sending some bills, including the triple talaq bill, to select committees as suggested by them.

Referring to the triple talaq bill, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the allegation was not on the Chair, but none of the opposition parties got a chance to issue a whip, while all the members of the BJP and the NDA were present.

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