The Shakti Act is modelled on the lines of Andhra Pradesh's Disha Act, which was brought last year after a veterinarian was raped and murdered in Hyderabad, triggering widespread public outrage. In a bid to curb crimes against woman and children in Maharashtra, the state cabinet after almost delaying and working on it for over a year, finally revealed the ‘Shakti Act.’ The draft bill that has been approved has provisions for stern punishment, including the death penalty, life sentence, and hefty fines, for the perpetrators, and also speedy trial. The draft bill that has been approved by the cabinet, will be tabled in the state legislature during its upcoming winter session.
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