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Fri, 17 Jan, 2014 04:17:26 AM
FTimes-STT Report, January 17
File picture of Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson. Photo - Lehtikuva.
The six-party alliance government on Thursday drafted a bill to amend in the existing law with provisions for tougher actions against sexual offences.
The changes will include more severe penalties for rape charges ranging from one year to six years in jail, according to the draft bill.
Less penal scale for aggravated rape will be tightened more with the minimum sentence of four months and a maximum of four years.
Currently, the maximum sentence for such charges is a maximum of three years’ imprisonment.
With the new law, sexual transgression against minors will be defined as aggravated rape. In practice, this means that minimal penalty will rise to two years.
The amendment of the legislation is likely to increase the number of prisoners.
In recent years, some 30-40 rape offenders have been unconditionally imprisoned.
The average penalty for rape was about two years’ unconditional imprisonment and five years’ unconditional imprisonment for aggravated rape charges.
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