Govt for suggestions on replacing `rape` by `sexual assault`

Government has invited views or suggestions from people and State administrations over replacement of word `rape` by `sexual assault` in the Indian Penal Code.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 17:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Government has invited views or
suggestions from people and State administrations over
replacement of word `rape` by `sexual assault` in the Indian
Penal Code.

A high-powered committee under the chairmanship of Union
Home Secretary, formulated to look into the draft Criminal Law
(Amendment) Bill, 2010, has suggested that the word `rape` be
replaced by `sexual assault`.

"The draft Bill has been uploaded on the website of the
Ministry of Home Affairs (www.mha.nic.in) for information and
comments from the general public by May 15, 2010," Minister of
State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran told Rajya
Sabha in a written reply.

He said the views or suggestions of State Governments and
UT Administrations have also been invited on the draft Bill by
May 15, 2010.

PTI