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Knowing The Law
Women's Right: Protection under penal code
Published : Monday, 6 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 26
Md Harun-or-Rashid
(Continuation from previous issue)
Section-493: Cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage:
Every man who by deceit causes any woman who is not lawfully married to him to believe that she is lawfully married to him and to cohabit or have sexual intercourse with him in that belief shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Section-494: Marrying again during lifetime of husband or wife:
Whoever, having a husband or wife living, marries in any case in which such marriage is void by reason of its taking place during the life of such husband or wife, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Section-495: Same offence with concealment of former marriage from person with whom subsequent marriage in contracted:
Whoever commits the offence defined in the last preceding section having concealed from the person with whom the subsequent marriage is contracted, the fact of the former marriage, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Section-496: Marriage ceremony fraudulently gone through without lawful marriage:
Whoever, dishonestly or with a fraudulent intention, goes through the ceremony of being married, knowing that he is not thereby lawfully married, shell be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Section-497: Adultery:
Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case, the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.
Some other laws relating to suppression of violence and to uphold the right,  status and protection of women are as: (1) The Suppression of Violence against Women and Children Act, 2000 (Amendment up to 2003), an Act to prevent offenses rigidly relating to women and children; (2) The Suppression of Immoral Traffic Act, 1933, an Act in the Suppression of Brothels and Immoral Traffic in Bangladesh; (3) The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1980, an Act prohibit the taking or giving of dowry in marriage; (4) Offences caused by Acid or Corrosive Substance Act, 2002 (Amended in 2003); (5) The family Court Ordinance, 1985; (6) The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929; (7) The family Court Ordinance, 1985; (8) The Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, 1939 etc.     
 
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