In Punjab, blasphemy may invite life imprisonment

Punjab’s Congress government is mulling a tough blasphemy law. The state Cabinet approved a Bill to this effect at its meeting on 21 August 2018. Those convicted under the proposed law may face life imprisonment. Besides, the ministry also cleared a proposal to grant 20 per cent reservation in promotions to SCs

The Punjab government led by Amarinder Singh has taken two decisions that could prove to be significant: first, a provision for punishment up to life imprisonment for those insulting religious scriptures and second, reservation for SCs in promotions. The government says that the first decision is aimed at promoting social harmony in the state.

The Cabinet approved a Bill providing for 14 per cent reservation to SCs in Group A and B jobs and 20 per cent in Group C and D. If the assembly clears the Bill, SCs would get reservation in promotions with effect from 20 January 2018 under Article 16(A) of the Constitution.

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In Punjab, blasphemy may invite life imprisonment

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