Cabinet meet on anti-rape law begins
Posted on: 10:00 AM IST Mar 12, 2013
New Delhi: Live updates: 10.20 am: Cabinet defers anti-rape ordinance due to lack of unanimity.
10.00 am: The Cabinet meet on anti-rape law begins. The Delhi gangrape case of December 2012 triggered the government's proposed new anti-rape law. The Cabinet will take it up the new law on Tuesday. But consensus has eluded the government specifically on clauses relating to the use of the term 'rape', voyeurism, and reducing the age of consent from 18 to 16 years.
The clock is ticking and if the ordinance that was passed isn't converted into law by April 14, it will lapse. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill for tough anti-rape laws was not discussed by the Cabinet last week after some amendments proposed by the Home Ministry ran into opposition.
CNN-IBN learnt that the Law Ministry had sent some recommendations and had reservations about replacing the word sexual harassment with rape saying that this limits it to just women-related crimes.