House Begins Debate on Sexual Offences Act

first_imgRelatedHouse Begins Debate on Sexual Offences Act RelatedHouse Begins Debate on Sexual Offences Act House Begins Debate on Sexual Offences Act ParliamentJanuary 29, 2009 RelatedHouse Begins Debate on Sexual Offences Actcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Debate on the Sexual Offences Act 2008, which seeks to bring under one umbrella, the various laws relating to rape, incest and other sexual offences, began in the House of Representatives yesterday (Jan. 27).The Bill repeals the Incest (Punishment) Act and several provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act relating to rape and other sex crimes.Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, who opened the debate, stated that the legislation is one that has been “anxiously awaited, strenuously advocated for and extensively deliberate on.”“This Bill has been long in coming, it actually commenced in 1995 when separate Bills seeking to amend the Offences Against the Person Act and the Incest (Punishment) Act were brought to Parliament. They sought to expand the scope and the circumstances in which rape was committed,” Mr. Golding said.According to the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons of the Act, the Bill provides for a statutory definition of rape.“In this new Bill, we have sought to put beyond any doubt, any ambiguity about what sexual intercourse is,” Mr Golding stated. “So many times, persons were charged for rape and … were acquitted because people were able to find a way through this ambiguity, when a grievous assault had, in fact, been committed against a person. Because of the lack of clarity in the law, juries were reluctant to hand down guilty verdicts and judges might have been constrained to give certain directions to the jury because of what the law provided,” he explained.Other areas covered in the Bill include martial rape, specifying the circumstances in which such rape may be committed.Mr. Golding said that caution had to be exercised to avoid abuse of the law, especially in cases where relationships become turbulent and “perhaps, for a moment, there are feelings of vindictiveness that can find their expression in abusing a provision. Care had to be taken to ensure that marital rape was confined to particular circumstances.”According to the Bill, a husband commits the offence of rape against his wife, if he has sexual intercourse with his wife without her consent, and knowing that she does not consent to sexual intercourse, or recklessly not caring whether or not she consents.The Act also provides for the establishment of a Sex Offenders Registry, to be maintained by the Commissioner of Corrections, which will contain a list of sex offenders, to be known as the Offenders Register.The register will record every sexual offence conviction and released convicts are required to report in person, within three days of release, to the Registry. “You have to report to the Registry every time you leave the island. If you are changing your address, you have to report to the Registry within 14 days of change of address and in any case, you have to report to the Registry at least once a year and this is mandatory,” Mr. Golding told the House.Meanwhile, in her comments, Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, expressed support for the provisions to the Bill.“The outcomes represented in this Bill, represent a continuing journey and they have come about as a result of the selflessness of several individuals, various groups and institutions stretching back to the early 1990s,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.Debate on the legislation will continue next Tuesday (Feb. 3) in the House of Representatives. Advertisementslast_img read more

India’s RCom, Aircel to close merger in July – report

first_img Asia Tags Joseph Waring Previous ArticleConsistel nears $1B funding goal for Singapore’s 4th mobile licenceNext ArticleVodafone and Afrimax to bring 4G to Zambia HomeAsiaNews India’s RCom, Aircel to close merger in July – report India adds detail on network equipment restrictions WhatsApp takes more heat in India India’s fourth largest operator Reliance Communications (RCom) and smaller rival Aircel, which have been in merger talks since December, reportedly will close the deal within the next month, completing the country’s first merger between local players.The two operators are finalising the commercial and legal terms, the Economic Times reported. RCom and Aircel’s majority owner Maxis reportedly agreed earlier in the year to a 50:50 ownership structure if a deal was reached. The two operators last month extended the exclusivity period for talks by 30 days to 22 June, following “substantial progress”.A merger would give the joint entity about 188 million mobile connections, pushing it ahead of current number three Idea Cellular, which has nearly 174 million connections, but slightly behind number two Vodafone India with 197 million. Market leader Bharti Airtel has about 250 million connections. RCom has nearly a 10 per cent market share, while Aircel has an 8.5 per cent share, according to GSMA Intelligence.RCom is expected to spin off its wireless unit and then merge it with Aircel into a separate entity that will operate under a new brand name and not be listed for the first few years, the Times reported. RCom’s tower and overseas arms would remain part of the company.According to the Times, RCom and Aircel will each transfer INR14 billion ($208 million) of their debt into the wireless entity. Russia’s Sistema will hold 10 per cent in the listed RCom (RCom last year also struck a deal to acquire Sistema Shyam Teleservices, for about $690 million).The Aircel merger will give RCom an additional 89 million customers and INR15 billion in annual revenue.As part of a raft of cross-operator deals since the regulator eased spectrum trading and sharing rules last year, RCom and mobile newcomer Reliance Jio in January finalised a spectrum sharing and trading alliance that will see RCom sell 800MHz spectrum in nine regions to Jio and both share bandwidth in the same band in 17 service areas.In April Aircel agreed to sell Airtel 4G spectrum in eight service regions for INR35 billion, which will give it a nationwide 4G footprint to match Jio’s pan-India coverage. The sale will enable Aircel to reduce its INR180 billion debt by about INR40 billion ahead of its planned merger with RCom.center_img India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Author Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 JUN 2016 AircelIndiamergerRcomlast_img read more