Singapore is currently in the process of amending its Penal Code. Penal Codes represent one of the most critical forms of legislation, covering the major points of criminal law in the nation.

Being one of the essential elements of Singapore’s legal system, the Singapore Penal Code was initially introduced in the 19th century; the Code is based around the Indian Penal Code and has more recently received amendments in the 1970s and 1980s.

However, since this time, many changes have arisen, and the world as a whole has become more understanding and the attitudes towards certain crimes have changed. Examples of these offenses include suicide and marital rape. Further to this, criminal law is a broad topic with many aspects to discuss, and certain areas will require additions and amendments.

Criminal Law Reform Bill

To tackle these issues, Singapore is currently in the process of modifying their Penal Code, and while the changes are not yet fully confirmed, there is undoubtedly progress occurring with the parliamentary procedures.

Some of the areas that look most likely to change, include the topic of criminalization of suicide; this is an important topic, and people who attempt suicide and fail are currently criminally prosecuted. However, with changing attitudes around the world, many jurisdictions now see that these people require help to understand their issues and recover.

Marital rape is another area which is currently not considered in the Penal Code, and this too may see a change soon.

On top of this, areas receiving alteration include providing additional rights and protections to young individuals and children.

The potential amendments have been worked on consistently for the last couple of years by the Penal Code Review Committee, and though there is still more to be reviewed, the changes should be arriving relatively soon.

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