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HC notice to Centre on plea against changes in rape law

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The High on Friday issued notice to the central on a plea seeking to strike down the amendments made in the rape post December 16 gangrape incident here, claiming that amendments are being abused.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice V.K. Rao sought response from the by July 5 on a plea filed by academician Madhu Purnima Kishwar.

The plea sought striking down of some of the provisions of the Criminal (Amendment) Act, 2013, which provides for amendments to the Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act and Code of Criminal Procedure on laws related to sexual offences.

The plea also sought a direction to reconsider the case in which a sentence of imprisonment has been passed post the amendments.

It also sought direction to summon records from the National Crime Records Bureau and Tihar Jail, among others, to assess the profiling features of rape prosecution post the 2013 amendments.

After the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman on December 16, 2012, a committee under the chairmanship of a retired Supreme judge was constituted to suggest amendments to the criminal to sternly deal with sexual assault cases.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 22:10 IST
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