Anti-rape bill in Lok Sabha today

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 06:10 hrs

New Delhi: Amid several speculations, the government is likely to present the anti-rape bill before the Lok Sabha on Tuesday for passage, reports said.

The government has agreed to raise the age of consent for sex to 18 from 16 years and present the anti-rape bill before the Lower House of the Parliament on Tuesday after the all-party meetings on formulating a tough anti-rape law were held on Monday.

Several political parties had objected to the government's decision to reduce the age of consent.

Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar Monday told media that the government would incorporate the suggestions of the other parties and opposition and bring the bill for passage.

An all-party meeting on formulating a tough anti-rape law on Monday after disagreements agreed to keep the age of consent at 18 for consensual sex.

Last week, the Group of Ministers (GoM) working on a draft of an anti-rape bill had agreed on the handful of contentious provisions that have been stalling the law.

Meeting under a 24-hour deadline last week, the panel, headed by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram had agreed to reduce the age of consent for sex from 18 to 16.

However, the government had to change its position after Opposition pressure to keep the age of consent same as age of marriage.

Flaying the law enforcers and calling for police reforms, the Justice Verma Committee tasked by the government to suggest stringent laws against sexual violence submitted its "path-breaking" recommendations on Jan 23 to the Home Ministry, calling for enhancement of punishment to life sentence for the crime while stopping short of awarding death penalty.

The three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India J S Verma submitted its report to the government a month after it was formed following a national outrage over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a Delhi bus on Dec 16 and her subsequent death from injuries.

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