Abductors to get 15 year jail term, Rs 200000 fine

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Kathmandu, Nov 30 (UNI) The Interim Legislature Parliament of Nepal has passed a Bill providing seven to 15 years of jail term to those involved in abduction.

The decision came in the wake of increasing incidents of abduction, kidnapping and taking people into hostage.

The Civil Code (12th amendment) passed by the majority vote of the Parliament has also provisioned to fine Rs 50,000 to Rs 200,000 to the guilty.

If the case is related to children and women, the offender is liable to two more years of jail sentence, state run media reported quoting the bill as saying.

As per the law, taking a person under control forcefully by using any unlawful means is regarded as abduction.

''The law has also defined the offences like manhandling, raping, forcing somebody in unnatural sex, human trafficking, enslaving, forcing somebody to work against his or her will, torture, forcing into prostitution and demanding ransom as serious crime,'' The Rising Nepal daily said.

It has also specified the provision that there would be no time limitation for registering complaints in case of killing after abduction and taking into hostage. Except that condition, the complaints should be filed within six months after the abduction and within three months after getting released.

The guilty has to provide compensation to the victims or their family assessing physical and mental damage at the rate of at least Rs 500 per day after abduction.

Nepal Workers and Peasant's Party (NWPP) had voted against the Bill. NWPP chairman Narayan Man Bijukchchhe said the Bill did not have sufficient provision to sentence the accused.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Narendra Bikram Nemwang expressed commitment that the government would strongly implement the law.

Lawmakers Harihar Dahal of Nepali Congress and Ghanendra Basnet of CPN-UML highlighted the provisions of the Bill and said the law would be effective to control the increasing incidents of abduction, kidnapping, holding people into hostage and asking for ransom.

Maoists party has also supported the Bill, which was passed unanimously. A small leftist party Nepal Peasants Workers Party voted against the law saying it insufficient.


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