Monday, March 18, 2013

Anti-rape bill to be placed in Parliament Tuesday despite opposition by BJP SP. BSP Misuse clause a sticky issue: Dilution of Voyeurism and Stalking ; Age of consent raised back to 18

Anti-rape bill to be placed in Parliament Tuesday despite opposition by BJP SP. BSP Misuse clause a sticky issue: Dilution of Voyeurism and Stalking ; Age of consent raised back to 18

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New Delhi, Mar 18: The government and the opposition today arrived at a consensus at an all-party meeting, wherein the government said it would not oppose if the opposition brings amendment to raise the minimum age of consent for sex from 16 years to 18 years.
Sources said, the government also agreed to provide safeguards in the anti-rape bill to provisions relating to stalking and staring, which have been made non-bailable offences.

The all-party meeting with a resolve that the anti-rape bill will be passed in Parliament this week.

"Largely there is consensus on the intent and the content of the Bill, except that there are concerns about misuse and abuse of some of the provisions of the Bill," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had told reporters here after the first round of the all-party meeting.

BJP, SP and other parties demanded that the age of consent for sex be 18 years and not 16 as envisaged in the Ordinance. They contended that since the age of marriage is 18 years, the age of consent should be the same.

Other parties, however, said pre-marital sex is a reality and the age of consent should be 16 years.

Most parties were of the view that the clauses about stalking and voyuerism be tweaked further to prevent misuse.

There should be sufficient safeguards against filing of false cases by political opponents and those wanting to settle scores, they said.

Kamal Nath said the government is ready to bring necessary official amendments in the Bill and ensure its smooth passage.

The government suggested in the meeting that the introduction, discussion and passage of the Bill be done on the same day, that is, tomorrow in Lok Sabha.

The Ordinance lapses on April 4 and the government and most parties are of the view that the Bill be passed with suitable changes before the Budget Session goes into recess on March 22.

The age of consent in Ordinance was 18 and it was brought down to 16 in the proposed Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

Before the ordinance was promulgated, the age of consent was 16. It has been at 16 years for the past 30 years. Before that, the age of consent for sex was considered by the age of puberty which had created confusion, forcing government to fix it at 16.

The Bill had provisions for safeguard against misuse. But the GoM to which it was referred to decided to drop it, maintaining the existing provisions in IPC have sufficient safeguards.

"Some political leaders said the law could be misused ahead of Lok Sabha elections. They wanted safeguards to be specified," a Minister, who attended the meeting, said.

The Criminal Laws Ordinance, which made anti-rape laws more stringent, was promulgated by the President on February 3 in the wake of public outrage over the December 16 Delhi gangrape.


  1. A crime is a crime done by man or women and should be punished. Congrress trying to impose one more anti male law . if not properly framed it will become one more 498a. There should be provision to check false complaints . Age of concent is 16 and age of marriage is 18??.There is large scope for misuse in this law .

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  3. Double the punishment, if complaint founds fake