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Will there be a right time to make rape laws gender neutral in India: HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Will there be a right time ever to make and its punishment under the "gender-neutral", the wondered today while hearing a PIL against the gender-specific nature of the law on

"Will there ever be a right time?," a bench of Acting and Justice C asked after one of the amicus curiae appointed by it said it may not be the right time now in to make such a change.

Both the amicus curiae, however, said the world view on the issue was that it should be "neutral".

The court asked the Centre to indicate its stand on the issue and listed it for further hearing on October 22.

Section 375 of the IPC deals with committed by man and section 376 lists out the punishment for the said offence.

According to petitioner Sanjjiiv Kkumaar, a social activist, both sections 375 and 376 in their current form are specific and does not secure males, especially adults.

He said in his plea that boys under the age of 18 are protected under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), but once they pass the age, they "are robbed of their rights".

The plea also said that according to the ruling on the Right to Privacy, both male and female have equal protection of law under the Constitution.

Kkumaar claimed in his petition that for a brief period of 58 days, had a neutral law - The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013 which was repealed after protests from certain quarters of the society.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 19:15 IST