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Timely Penal Code moves to keep pace with new norms

Beefing up protection for women and other vulnerable people like minors is a major focus of the extensive Penal Code review - the most wide-ranging since the last landmark changes in 2007.

The 2007 exercise had asked Parliament to consider some 81 amendments, including the repeal of four provisions. This time around, after two years and 14 meetings, the panel co-steered by Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Indranee Rajah and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and Health Amrin Amin has made 169 recommendations in a 500-page report.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2018, with the headline 'Timely Penal Code moves to keep pace with new norms'. Print Edition | Subscribe