Anti-Rape Bill: BSP says ‘yes’, BJP, SP called it ‘anti-women’

Ahead of UPA’s efforts to clear the anti-rape bill, BSP came in front to support the legislation from outside, while SP strongly opposed it.

The all-party meeting is scheduled to Monday on direction of the government to ensure unanimity over the consensus– called the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013, to pass the anti-rape bill.

BSP chief Mayawati said the legislation was “necessary,” and pledged to support it, source said.

But the BJP and the Samajwadi Paty opposed with some provisions of the new bill, calling it “anti-women bill” reducing pportunities for women in the garb of providing them security.

SP said to opposed the bill if it came up for voting in Parliament as the bill had been prepared on the recommendations of mentally retarded people.

UPA has tied to put all efforts on passing the consensus before the Parliament Budget session recess beginning on March 22. The anti-rape ordinance will lapse on April 4.

Though all political parties stressed on protection of women with tougher laws, but the law is continued to be delayed again and again. Many differences over provisions are erupted and delayed the passage of legislation such as lowering the age of consent from 18 to 16, stalking and voyeurism offences.


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