ISLAMABAD (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday gave assent to two landmark bills that seek to provide for enhanced punishment to several offences against women.
The first bill, that was assented to, is called Criminal Law (Third Amendment) Bill 2011 which was passed by the National Assembly on 15th November 2011 and by Senate on 12 December 2011.
The bill signed into law seeks to punish offences against women, namely, giving them in marriage in badal-e-sulah, wanni or swara, depriving them from inheritance, forced marriage and marriage with Holy Quran.
The Bill also refrains Provincial Government from suspending/remitting sentences in cases of rape.
Spokesperson said that the second Bill which the President assented to was the Criminal Law (Second Amendment) Bill 2011.This Bill, he said seeks to provide punishment of 14 years to life imprisonment for crimes of disfiguring and defacing of human organ/body by corrosive substance.
The Spokesperson said that the President gave his assent to these Bills after receiving summaries containing the advice from the Prime Minister.