Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sexual Offences Bill tabled in parliament.
Mike Mc Cormack of the GHRA being questioned about his
organisation's silence on the allegations of rape leveled against
CN Sharma by Minister Manickchand in Parliament today.
The Sexual Offences Bill was tabled in parliament today. Minister of Human Services & Social Security, Priya Manickchand in presenting the bill said it was born from the "Stamp it Out" campaign and more than 5000 people contributed. She said it also extends the definition of rape and establishes a special court to deal with such matters.
PNC MP Basil Williams said that the provisions of the Bill needed to be balanced in the interest of justice and described it as being transformative in nature.
Rape in Marriages and common law relationships will be an illegal offence under the new law. And sexual abuse victims will no longer be face-to-face with the accused as a new court will have special rooms for hearings.