The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has passed Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill 2019 (Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2019). The Bill provides for awarding death sentence for offences of rape and gangrape and expediting verdict in trials of such cases within 21 days.
This comes in the wake of the gangrape and murder of the 26-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad.
Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet had approved two bills for the strengthening of the provisions relating to crimes against women and children.
The cabinet also approved the Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences Against Women and Children Act, 2019. It allows the establishment of exclusive special courts in each district, which will exclusively deal with crimes against women and children.
These courts will take up cases of rape, gang rape, acid attacks, stalking, voyeurism, sexual harassment, and cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.