Maharashtra Cabinet approved Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill, 2016

Posted on:15 Mar 2016 09:10:22
Maharashtra Cabinet approved Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill, 2016
15 March 2016 Current Affairs: Maharashtra Cabinet on 1 March 2016 approved the Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Bill, 2016. The bill provides for the prohibition of social boycott of a person or group of persons including their family members by an individual or a group like Caste Panchayat.Once the bill is approved by the State legislature, Maharashtra will become the first State in the country to enact a law against social boycott.The social boycott is prohibited and its commission shall be an offence.The maximum punishment for social boycotting will be 7 years in prison or fine up to 5 lakh rupees or both.The maximum punishment for extending aid in relation to the commission of offence will be 3 years or 3 lakh rupees or both.The victim or any member of his family may file a complaint either through the police or directly to the Magistrate. To ensure speedy justice, the trial shall be completed within a period of six months from the date of filing of the charge sheet.Social Boycott Prohibition Officers will be appointed to detect the commission of offences, to assist the Magistrate and police officers in discharge of their duties under the Act.The burden of proving that no offence under this Act have been committed by the accused, shall lie on the accused

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