15 February 2013
The National Council resumed its deliberation on the Domestic Violence Prevention Bill of Bhutan 2012 today followed by its discussion on the Road Bill of Bhutan 2012.
On the Domestic Violence Prevention Bill, the House directed the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee to further review the Bill and present its recommendations to the House on Monday.
The Road Bill of Bhutan 2012 was adopted by the National Assembly during the 9th session of Parliament and forwarded to the National Council of Bhutan. The Good Governance Committee of the National Council reviewed the Bill and submitted its recommendations to the House. The House approved most of the recommendations, but directed the Committee to revisit certain sections of the Bill and report back.
The two Bills will be adopted on 18th February 2013, followed by the ratification of the SAARC Agreement on Implementation of Regional Standard and the SAARC Agreement on Multilateral Arrangement on Recognition of Conformity Assessment.
February 14, 2013
The National Council today began its deliberation on the Domestic Violence Prevention Bill of Bhutan 2012. The Bill had been adopted by the National Assembly during the 9th session of Parliament and forwarded to the National Council.
The House debated at length on whether the coverage of the Bill should be limited to domestic violence within the immediate family, or whether the scope should be broader to include violence committed by a person against another with whom he/she had been in a past domestic relationship, love relationships, and even extra marital relationships. While the perpetrator would be liable under other laws even in the absence of domestic violence legislation, some Members argued that the Bill provided numerous service facilities to the victims who would not necessarily be a member of an immediate family. The House resolved to maintain the broader scope under the Bill as provided in the draft.
The deliberations on the Bill will continue tomorrow followed by its discussion on the Road Bill of Bhutan.