Poonam Mahajan

Member of Parliament,North-Central Mumbai

National President-BJYM

poonam Mahajan

Poonam Mahajan

Member of Parliament,North-Central Mumbai

National President-BJYM

Private Member Bills

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2017'

Date of introduction - 8th May, 2015

Ministry concerned – Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The Bill seeks to replace the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2015 and aims to enhance punishment for penetrative sexual assault, aggravated penetrative sexual assault and sexual assault. The main features of the bill includes a new category of 'life-impairing aggravated sexual assault’ and increased punishment for:

  • Penetrative sexual assault from seven years to life imprisonment,
  • Aggravated penetrative sexual assault from ten years to life imprisonment,
  • Sexual assault from three to five years
  • Aggravated sexual assault from five to seven years,
  • Sexual harassment (three years and fine) and, U
  • Use of children for pornographic purposes (first conviction–five years; second conviction-seven years).

The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Date of introduction - 18th December, 2015

Ministry concerned – Ministry of Law and Justice.

The Bill seeks to amend the Constitution to provide nominated representation to Overseas Indian Community in the Lok Sabha. The President would nominate not more than eight members of Overseas Indian community in the Lok Sabha having special knowledge or practical experience in business, literature, science, art, sports and social services representing eight sub-regions of the world - South Asia, South East Asia and Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America.

The Sex Workers (Rehabilitation and Social Security) Bill, 2015

Date of introduction - 18th December, 2015

Ministry concerned – Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The Bill seeks to end discrimination of sex workers in any field and implement the Honourable Supreme Court's order based on the Criminal Appeal number 135 of 2010 relating to 'Budhadev Karmaskar vs State Government of West Bengal' case. The salient features of the Bill include:

  • Provisions of ending discrimination of sex workers in any field
  • Quality healthcare to the sex workers and their children in the form of free medical aid for HIV and other life threatening diseases which are caused because of the trade
  • Free social and legal aid to sex workers in distress
  • Setting up institutes to facilitate adult literacy programmes
  • Comprehensive educational programme to be set up for the children of sex workers who are subjected to discrimination and abuse alike to their parents
  • Sex workers shall be given training and vocational education to enhance their skills and make them employable
  • Ailing and aged sex workers who are unable to support themselves through earning from commercial sex will be rehabilitated and
  • The Government shall provide financial security to the sex workers by initiating special loan programmes for them

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Date of introduction - 5th August 2016

Ministry concerned – Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

The brutal assault on Shaktiman, the police horse and her eventual demise compelled me to draft this legislation. The Bill seeks to amend penal provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 with increased penalty in compliance with the landmark judgment ‘Animal Welfare Board of India versus A. Nagaraj’, dated the 7th of May, 2014 of the Supreme Court to prevent the unnecessary pain and suffering to animals and to ensure that the act is a deterrent to animal abusers. The amended provisions will promote the constitutional duty of compassion.

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Date of introduction - 13th May, 2015

Ministry concerned – Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

The salient features of the Bill include:

  • Provision of identity cards to senior citizens which will help them avail the benefits of various central and state government schemes of assistance.
  • Concessions in travel, banking, gas and telephone connections and entrance fees in leisure and entertainment facilities and improving accessibility of senior citizens by removal of physical barriers to facilitate easy movement in public buildings and public transport.
  • Setting up a National Fund for senior citizens by obtaining funding support from government, corporate sector, trusts, charities, individual donors and others in order to ensure holistic development and protection of life and property of the senior citizens.
  • Modifying the maximum amount of maintenance to that amount which is fixed by the court taking into account the financial condition of the senior citizen as well as his family. e) Advanced medical facilities will be provided to all senior citizens in form of affordable health insurance, specialized trained nurses, counselling facilities, training, grants and concessions to non-governmental organizations to provide ambulatory services, day care and health care to complement the efforts of the State.