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November 24, 2012 20:01 PM
PADANG RENGAS, Nov 24 (Bernama) — Men convicted of raping minors will serve the mandatory prison term when Section 376 of the Penal Code is amended soon, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
He said the amendment was proposed to maintain the mandatory imprisonment under Section 376 and judges would have no liberty to resort to other legal provisions to mitigate the sentence.
A bill to amend the section will be tabled at the next session of the Dewan Rakyat, he told reporters after launching a leadership programme organised by the National Association of Women’s Institute of Malaysia here Saturday.
Nazri said the Attorney General’s Chambers had given the green light to amend Section 376 of the Penal Code to ensure that those convicted of raping underage girls would get the mandatory jail term of not more than 30 years.
The amendment was proposed to maintain the mandatory imprisonment under Section 376 and judges could not invoke Section 294 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Act 593) to impose a sentence based on their discretion.