Punjab Govt approves life term for ‘sacrilege’ of Guru Granth Sahib

Posted on:22 Mar 2016 14:23:43
Punjab Govt approves life term for ‘sacrilege’ of Guru Granth Sahib
22 March 2016 Current Affairs: March 22,2016 : Punjab assembly passed a bill which states that whoever causes injury, damage or sacrilege to Guru Granth Sahib with an intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people will be punished with imprisonment for life.The Bill - Code of Criminal Procedure (Punjab Amendment - was moved by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.The Bill seeks life imprisonment for sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib, by adding section 295 AA in IPC and enhancement of punishment under section 295 of IPC, injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class from two to 10 years.The move comes amidst a number of cases of sacrilege involving the Guru Granth Sahib in the past couple of months which triggered violent protests. Police firing during the clash in Faridkot had claimed two lives last month.The Congress leaders wanted provisions of similar punishments should be made for those causing damage to Gita, Bible, Quran, Ramayan and Mahabharta.Revenue Minister Bikarm Singh Majithia demanded capital punishments for those indulging in incidents of sacrilege.Under IPC's section 295 A, punishment for sacrilege is jail term for three years.  Besides, the House passed seven other bills with no discussion on these.Among those included Punjab Agricultural Produce Markets (Amendment) Bill.The Bill was moved by Agriculture Minister Tota Singh.

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