10-A. Detention in a corrective institutional.
(1) Where, –
(a) A female offender is found guilty of an offence under Section 7 or Section 8, and
(b) The character, state of health and mental condition of the offender and the other circumstances of the case are such that it is expedient that she should be subject to detention for such term and such instruction and discipline as are conducive to her correction, It shall be lawful for the court to pass, in lieu of a sentence of imprisonment, an order for detention in a corrective institution for such term, not being less than two years and not being more than five years, as the court thinks fit:
Provided that before passing such an order, –
(i) The court shall give an opportunity to the offender to he heard and shall also consider any representation which the offender may make to the court as to the suitability of the case for treatment in such an institution, as also the report of the Probation Officer appointed under the Probation of Offender Act, 1958; and
(ii) The court shall record that it is satisfied that the character, state of health and mental condition of the offender and the other circumstances of the case are such that the offender is likely to benefit by such instruction and discipline as aforesaid.
(2) Subject to the provisions of subsection (3), the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, relating to appeal, reference and revision, and of the Limitation Act, 1963 as to the period within which an appeal shall be filed, shall apply in relation to ail order of detention under subsection (1) as if the order had been a sentence of imprisonment for the same period as the period for which the detention was ordered.
(3) Subject to such rules as may be made in this behalf, the State Government or authority authorised in this behalf may, at any time after the expiration of six months from the date of an order for detention in a corrective institution, if it is satisfied that there is a reasonable probability that the offender will lead a useful and industrious life, discharge her from such an institution, without condition or with such conditions as may be considered fit, and grant her a written licence in such form as may be prescribed.
(4) The conditions on which an order is discharged under sub-section (3) may include requirements relating to residence of the offender and supervision over the offenders activities and movements.