VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS (PROHIBITION) ACT, 2015

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VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS (PROHIBITION) ACT, 2015

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

This  Act  prohibits  all  forms  of  violence against persons  in  private  and public  life, and provides  maximum  protection  and   effective   remedies   for  victims  and  punishment  of offenders

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I – OFFENCES

1.       Definition of Rape

2.       Inflicting physical injury on another

3.       Coercion

4.       Wilfully placing a person in fear of physical injury

5.       Offensive conduct

6.       Prohibition of female circumcision or genital mutilation

7.       Frustrating investigation

8.       Wilfully Making False Statement

9.       Forcefully ejection from home

10.     Depriving a person of his or her Liberty

11.     Damage to property with intent to cause Distress

12.     Forced financial dependence or economic abuse

13.     Forced isolation or separation from family and friends

14.     Emotional, verbal and psychological abuse

15.     Harmful widowhood practices

16.     Abandonment of children, spouse and other dependants without means of sustenance

17.     Stalking

18.     Intimidation

19.     Spousal Battery

20.     Harmful Traditional Practices

21.     Attack with Harmful Substance

22.     Administering a Substance with Intent

23.     Political Violence

24.     Violence by State Actors

25.     Incest [Schedule to the Act]

26.     Indecent Exposure

PART II -JURISDICTION OF THE COUT

27.     Jurisdiction

28.     Application of Protection Order

29.     Consideration of Application

30.     Issuing of Protection Orders

31.     Court’s Powers in Respect of Protection Orders

32.     Power of Police

33.     Warrant of Arrest upon Issuing Protection Order

34.     Variation or Setting aside of Protection Order

35.     Discharge

36.     Offences Relating to Protection Orders

37.     Application and Forms of Protection Order

38.     Right of Victims

PART III – SERVICE PROVIDERS

39.     Prohibition of Publication of certain Information

40.     Registration and Powers of Service Providers

41.     Protection Officers

42.     Coordinator for Prevention of Domestic Violence

43.     Dangerous Sexual Offenders

PART IV – REGULATORY BODY

44.     Regulatory Body

PART V -CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENT

45.     General Savings and Repeal

PART VI – INTERPRETATION

46.     Interpretation

SCHEDULE                            

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