Two state laws were amended to include a new offence called \u201csextortion\u201d in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. State administration led by the Governor introduced it as the new criminal offence - Sextortion - and defined it as \u201csexual exploitation of women by people in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or public servants\u201d After the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 by Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, J&K would \u201cbecome the first state in the country to have an explicit law banning sexual exploitation of women,\u201d as per a government spokesman. However, the opposition questioned the move by Governor Malik. Political parties such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) questioned the Governor and criticised his focus on legislation. The opposition sees the Governor\u2019s rule as a \u201ctemporary arrangement\u201d till the time a new government is elected. As per the amendments, \u201cany persons in a position of authority or in a fiduciary relationship, or a public servant who abuses such position or fiduciary relationship to employ physical or non-physical form of coercion to extort, request or demand sexual favours from any woman in exchange of some benefits or favours that such person is empowered to grant or withhold shall be guilty of offence of sextortion\u201d. The amendments also make it clear that \u201cit shall be no defence that the sexual benefit was derived with the consent of the victim\u201d. The offence has been made \u201cnon-bailable\u201d and \u201cnot compoundable\u201d and rigorous imprisonment with a term not be less than three years, which even may be extended to five years and also a fine may be levied. Former minister and PDP leader Nayeem Akhtar said that introducing a new law or amending an existing provision \u201con an almost daily basis may be constitutionally permissible," however it is \u201cpolitically inappropriate and morally questionable\u201d. Akhtar also pointed out that the administration led by Governor Malik should \u201cset his priorities right\u201d as his administration's \u201cprimary job is to conduct polls.\u201d He said, \u201cMalik needs to set his priorities right and, rather than act as somebody who is going to rule for years, he should know he is there till the next elected government takes over.\u201d READ ALSO |\u00a0Big success for Indian Army, deserter Zahoor Thokar involved in the killing of soldier Aurangzeb killed in encounter While National Conference provincial president Devender Rana welcomed the new law, he cautioned against \u201crestructuring the constitutional framework of the state and its special status, including its relationship with the federation.\u201d \u201cSuch acts should be left to the legislature and democratically elected government,\u201c he opined. The same was echoed by the State Congress spokesperson Ravinder Sharma who said that Governor\u2019s rule is a temporary measure, and only those legislations shall be taken which are urgently required or mandated by central amendments. Agreeing that Governor\u2019s administration is no replacement to legislature, State BJP spokesperson Sunil Sethi, however, pointed out that \u201cone cannot wait until it is elected." An elected legislature can later review those laws, he added. The State Administrative Council also approved another amendment on the same day - establishment of the first Real Estate Regulatory Authority for regulated and planned growth of real estate sector. Additionally, an amendment to the Code of Civil Procedure was also approved - now video-conferencing has been approved as admissible in criminal trials in courts for the presence of accused.