D K Rituraj of The Indian Express talks about how the new rape law is susceptible to blatant misuse

“In the wake of the outrage and protests that followed the 2012 gangrape in Delhi, the government appointed the Justice Verma Committee to make recommendations for a more stringent rape law. The committee submitted its report in January 2013 and exactly a year ago, Parliament passed the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013. The new law redefined rape to include non-penile penetration to any extent into any of the orifices of a woman’s body, and also brought acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism under its purview.”

“Women’s groups that had been seeking stringent laws against sexual offenders hailed the new legislation, even as voices seeking more debate on some of the provisions were drowned out.”

“In May 2013, Justice Kailash Gambhir of the Delhi High Court observed that rape laws were being used as “a weapon for vengeance and personal vendetta”.”

““In cases where the court comes to the conclusion that the accused had been implicated on totally false and baseless charges, the accused, in fact, is the victim,” Judge Bhat observed.”

Read the full article here.

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