Govt backs off, approves diluted Anti-Rape Bill, fixes the age of consent at 18

Digging under amid pressure from the Opposition, the Government has failed to convince them over anti-rape law and approved a diluted Bill, to be introduced today in the Lok Sabha.

The new version of bill, dealing with sexual crimes against women, keeps the age of consent for sex has at 18 years again under the IPC in which it is 16, will now amended.

The provisions on stalking and voyeurism will also be amended in the proposed Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which seeks to strengthen laws to stringent punishment for crimes against women.

Just few hours of all party meeting, the decision has been taken by the UPA as failed to convince BJP, SP, RJD and JD(U) all were demanded to maintain the age of consent 18 because as per them if the age of marriage is 18, then the age of consent should be the same, reports said.

Now, stalking and voyeurism will be bailable for the first time offenders in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 had cleared by Cabinet after scrutinised by a Group of Ministers.

As per reports, no bailable offer will for the repeat offenders who would be punished for a maximum of five years in jail.

The Criminal Law ordinance, which made anti-rape laws more stringent, was promulgated by the President on February 3 following public outrage over the December 16 Delhi gang-rape. The ordinance lapses on April 4, will be presented today for debate in Parliament said to pass the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, by March 22.


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