Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday passed the Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill 2019 (Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law Amendment Act 2019) to award death sentences to convicts in rape cases within 21 days.
Earlier on Wednesday. the Cabinet under Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy approved the enactment of the Disha Bill.
Andhra Pradesh Disha Act seeks to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure for 'heinous offences of rape', the investigation is completed within seven working days. The new law also says trial must be completed within 14 working days, thus reducing the total judgment time to 21 working days.
Depending on the gravity of the offence, the punishment will range up to life imprisonment, In cases of harassment of women over email, social media or any other digital mode, as per the proposed bill, the first conviction can warrant a jail sentence up to 2 years, and the second and subsequent conviction can lead to imprisonment up to 4 years.