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National conference on "Gender Justice in Criminal Law" held
National Conference on "Gender Justice in Criminal Law" was organized by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in Delhi on May 21, which was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, stated an official press release.

According to Ahir, while laws can be made harsher, but swift disposal by Criminal Justice System can only check the crimes and also act as a deterrent to prevent its recurrence.

He also expressed his grave concern over the low conviction rates in the cases of crime against women and remarked that the stricter laws were not enough, rather the time bound disposal of justice was essential to prevent Crimes Against Women.

According to release, Ahir informed the participants of the conference that the union government has responded to public sentiment by issuing an ordinance regarding amendment to Article 376 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) making provision for stricter punishment to deal with Crimes Against Women.

The release added that the law was last amended after the horrific Nirbhaya incident but since the society at large was outraged over the recent spate of Sexual Crimes Against Minors, the government has introduced harsher punishment including capital punishment to deal with such offences.

The minster is quoted saying that the government has also set stiff time-frame for investigation and swift disposal of cases by fast track courts, and under the Police Modernization programme, and an emphasis was being laid on improving the Forensic Laboratories and improve efficiency of prosecution agencies.

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