http://netindian.in/news/2010/12/07/0009026/rs-panel-approves-amended-prevention-torture-bill The Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha has approved the amended Prevention of Torture Bill 2010 which seeks to provide for punishment for acts of torture inflicted by public servants or any person inflicting torture with consent of acquiscence of any public servant. Talking to reporters, Select Committee Chairman Asnwani Kumar said the proposed Bill was conceived as an enabling legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading methods of treatment or punishment. Terming the Bill as a significant piece of legislation, Mr Kumar said it underscored the irrevocable commitment to basic and fundamental human rights enshrined in the Constitution. The Bill intends to "humanise" the administration of criminal justice system in the country. The panel had recommended stringent punishment for the acts of torture with a minimum three years of imprisonment to death penalty in the event of torture in custody. The fine proposed was a minimum of Rs 100,000 payable for torture and there was no cap on the maxmium level, Mr Kumar said. The panel also considered the issue of torture of women in the context of sexual abuse in custody and of children. "The UN Convention on Rights of the Child specifically states that no child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Our constitution too affirms the same," Mr Kumar said. Apart from Mr Kumar, the other members of the committee included Dr E M Sudarshana Natchiappan, Mr Shantharam Laxman Naik, Dr Vijayalakshmi Sadho, Dr Janardhan Waghmare, Mr S S Ahluwalia, Mr Kalraj Mishra, Ms Maya Singh, Mr Naresh Gujral, Ms Brinda Karat, Mr Satish Chandra Mishra, Mr Ahmad Saeed Malhabadi and Dr Ashok S Ganguli. The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 26, 2010 to allow India to ratify the UN Convention against torture and was pased by the Lower House on May 2010. It was referred to the Rajya Sabha Select Committee in August 2010. The panel has had nine sittings including a local visit. It received 80 memoranda in the process of examination of the Bill and heard 121 witnesses.