Home Ministry seeks comments on rape laws

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 21:22

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday sought
comments from the public, states and Union Territories on the
suggestions made by a high powered committee headed by the
Union Home Secretary for review of rape laws.

The suggestions made by the committee have been formulated
into The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2010. The response can
be sent by May 15, the Home Ministry said in a release.

The draft Bill envisages commitment of sexual assault
against a women by a man under six different descriptions --
against her will, without her consent, with her consent when
such consent has been obtained by putting her or any person in
whom she is interested, in fear of death or of hurt.

With her consent, when the man knows that he is not her
husband and that her consent is given because she believes
that he is another man to whom she is or believes to be
lawfully married.

The last two descriptions are -- with her consent when,
at the time of giving such consent, by reason of unsoundness
of mind or intoxication or the administration by him
personally or through another of any stupefying or unwholesome
substance, she is unable to understand the nature and
consequences of that action to which she gives consent and
with or without her consent, when she is under eighteen years
of age.

The ministry has posted the draft on its website
mha.nic.in.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 21:22

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