25 Nov '11, 6am

About time! | Section of Evidence Act that can discredit sexual assault victim to be repealed:

SINGAPORE: The sexual history of a victim of sexual assault soon may no longer be used against her in court. The Ministry of Law plans to remove a part of the law that provides for this. The move came after the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) in October, during a public consultation exercise, made a submission to repeal Section 157(d) of the Evidence Act. Law Minister K Shanmugam announced this on Friday at the launch of AWARE's Sexual Assault Befrienders' Service. He said: "It is my intention to recommend the repeal of this particular subsection of the Evidence Act. Ultimately, you know, it's got to be... Cabinet has got to sign off on it, and Parliament has got to approve it, but it is certainly my view that it should not exist." Section 157(d) of the Evidence Act states that when a man is prosecuted for rape, it may be shown that the victim was of "...

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