Death or life term for extreme cases: ordinance on anti-rape laws
The government has recommended death sentence in extreme cases of sexual assault in an ordinance it issue in the wake of national outrage over the gang rape of a medical student in Delhi last month, reports said on Friday. The ordinance, which will enact tougher laws for sexual offenders as recommended by the Justice JS Verma Commission, is being discussed right now by the Union Cabinet, which will take a final call on the proposals.
Reports also said that word rape will be replaced by sexual assault.
The Union Cabinet will have a special meeting this evening to discuss the Justice Verma Committee report which has recommended a series of measures to make crime against women laws more stringent.
The meeting, to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan, has been convened amid speculation that the government was contemplating bringing an ordinance on the issue.
The three-member committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India JS Verma, was set up in the wake of rape and brutal assault of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi on December 16 and it submitted a voluminous 630-page report on January 23.
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