The state government will put forth a bill demanding death penalty for culprits causing the death of a woman through rape, harassment or other such offences listed in the Indian Penal Code. The draft Kerala Protection of Privacy and Dignity of Women Bill, 2013, will be brought out soon.
Even though the state government had taken steps to bring in the law against atrocities on women much earlier, the need for such a law got strengthened in the wake of Delhi gang rape case.
Section 5 of the proposed bill states that if a women commits suicide and if its established that soon before her death she was subjected to harassment or that any offences have been committed against her under sections 294 (obscene act in public places); 354 (intention to outrage the modesty of a woman); 375 (rape); or 509 ( gestures, words and so on intended to hurt the dignity of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, such death shall be deemed to be death caused by harassment unless it is proved otherwise.
Section 3 prohibits harassment of women in any place, including cyberspace. The punishment for harassment will be imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years, but may extend to imprisonment for life and with fine. Section 4(b) says punishment for harassment leading to death includes life imprisonment with fine, besides the death penalty, while Section 14 ensures privacy during trial by making it mandatory to hold it in-camera