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Tamil Nadu set to have stringent punishments for crimes against children and women

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said that the Tamil Nadu government is working on measures that would implement much severe punishments for crimes committed against women and children.

Speaking in the assembly, he said that the state is set to take steps to amend the following Crimes against Women under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC).

  • In section 304 B, dowry death punishments to be increased from seven years of imprisonment to ten.
  • In section 354 B, the minimum punishment for assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe to be increased from three years to five and a the maximum of seven would be increased to ten.
  • In section 354 D (stalking), the punishment for repeated offences to be increased form five to seven years.
  • In section 372 (Selling minors for the purposes of prostitution etc) and section 373 (Buying minors for purposes of prostitution etc), the minimum punishment is increased to seven and the maximum would be life imprisonment.

Apart from these, he said that other initiatives including the TN police’s Crimes against Women and Children unit that is functioning since March last year and the Amma patrol vehicles to deter
crimes against women and children and create awareness against use of drugs among children and child marriage, is already in place.

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