New Delhi, May 11: Government has finalized an amended draft of an Anti-Torture Bill and will soon bring it before Parliament, the Rajya Sabha was told today. “I cannot give a guarantee on time frame that it will be brought in so many months but I assure the House that a full-fledged draft bill has been prepared. The draft has been sent to law ministry,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary said replying to questions about bringing for passage the amended Prevention of Torture Bill 2010 before Parliament.(Also Read: Shaina NC bats for Women’s Reservation Bill)

The minister said certain amendments have been made in the earlier bill including replacing the word “hurt” with “hurt and torture”. “A proposal to suitably amend Section 330 and Section 331 of the Indian Penal Code is currently under examination,” he said in the written reply. In the written reply, the minister said the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 was prepared as an enabling legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on May 5, 2010.

The Rajya Sabha referred it to the Select Committee for scrutiny. The Select Committee referred the Bill for enactment with certain modifications. Comments of state governments and Union Territory administrations were called. Some of the state governments felt that adequate provisions already exist in the Indian Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure and suggested suitable amendments in the existing provisions of these laws. In the meanwhile, the bill lapsed with the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in May 2014, necessiating introduction of a new bill in the House.