New law to protect women in Kerala

The Kerala Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a law to protect women, the first of its kind in the country. It will be piloted in the Assembly session beginning February 1. But it dropped the original proposal to impose capital punishment for a woman’s death owing to harassment in tune with the Verma Committee recommendation and stuck to life imprisonment in cases of death along with fine. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, in his post-Cabinet press briefing, said the Bill was intended to bring in legislation with punitive provisions to safeguard the privacy and dignity of women.


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