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Anti-rape bill deferred over differences within cabinet

The anti-rape bill was today deferred after difference of opinions over it within the cabinet. The criminal amendement bill has been referred to Group of Ministers. According to the reports, there was no consensus on voyeurism, stalking, age of consent and the definition of term rape within the cabinet.

Punishment for false complaints and evidences reportedly, emerged as sticking points in the cabinet meeting that met on Tuedsay to deliberate over the bill.

This bill will replace the ordinance

on crimes against women promulgated last month which had prescribed life imprisonment as the maximum punishment for those committing rape.

It will also replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012 introduced in the Lok Sabha in December last. Earlier finance minister P Chidambaram, who heads the Group of Ministers on media, had also dismissed reports about differences in the government over the bill and said there are different points expressed by different people with some suggesting that the word sexual assault must be

retained while others favour the term rape.

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