New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday signed the Criminal Law Amendment Bill which gives India a strong anti-rape law. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill was earlier passed by the two Houses of Parliament.
The massive public anger and uproars following the December 16 gangrape of the Delhi braveheart forced the drafting and eventual passing of this new Bill.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was moved in the Rajya Sabha by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde where he had termed it as a "unique law". The Home Minister had said the government is open to further improvement if there is such a need. Replying to queries, Shinde said the purpose of the Bill is to provide stringent punishment also for offences like stalking, voyeurism, acid attacks and human trafficking.
The new law replaces an ordinance promulgated on February 3, which will expire on April 4. It seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Indian Evidence Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act....more
12:58 PM, Apr 03, 2013