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HC asks govt to remove ‘critical vacuum’ in law on sexual exploitation.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked the government to examine if a new law was needed to deal with sexual exploitation of women in the state and address a “critical vacuum” in the existing legislation.

The directions appeared on the court’s website on Tuesday and were issued after perusal of written submissions and a detailed report by Advocate Amicus Farrah Bashir and State Counsel Asifa Padroo on the existing laws related to sexual extortion.

“The internationally developing concept of ‘sextortion’ could be examined in the Indian context and to see whether the State is required to either legislate a separate law on the subject or to make necessary amendments in the existing penal laws or undertake a combination of both so as to create a requisite deterrent effect in the Society against the sexual

exploitation of women in any form whatsoever, as has been done in the various South African Countries, Manilla, and other countries as also recognized by the United Nations,” a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe said while hearing a Public Interest litigation against corruption and sexual exploitation.

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