Minorities panel drafts Bill, invites public suggestions

The Bill envisages provision of Special Courts for trial
Hyderabad: The Minorities Commission for the states of AP and Telangana has been inviting suggestions from a cross-section of the people on a draft Bill prepared by it — the Minorities, Dalits and Other Marginalised Sections (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 2015.
Commission chairman Abid Rasool Khan on Friday told the media that the commission has been working for the past two years to help bring in an Act that will prevent atrocities on members of the minorities, Dalits and other marginalised sections.
The Bill envisages provision of Special Courts for trial of such offences and for relief and rehabilitation of the victims of such offences and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Mr Rasool Khan said that a draft of the Bill was released on Friday to enable people from a cross section of society, including legal luminaries, to offer suggestions within 15 days.
He said that after making the necessary changes based on the suggestions from the people, the Bill will be presented to the government for it to place in the Assembly or otherwise.
When asked whether the commission is empowered to make an Act, Mr Rasool Khan replied that it has power to recommend the government to make a law.

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