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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:00 AM

Indian panel pushes new laws after fatal gang rape

Source: Associated Press via USA Today

8:21a.m. EST January 23, 2013

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian government panel recommended Wednesday the strict enforcement of sexual assault laws, a commitment for speedy rape trials and changes to the country's antiquated penal code to protect women in the wake of a fatal gang rape in New Delhi last month.

The three-member panel received more than 80,000 suggestions for a complete overhaul in the criminal justice system's treatment of violence against women since it was set up by the government a month ago to help quell street protests sparked by the rape. The suggestions included banning a traumatic vaginal exam of rape victims to ending political interference in sex crime cases ...

"Failure of good governance is the obvious root cause for the current unsafe environment, eroding the rule of law and not the want of knee-jerk legislation," said retired Chief Justice J.S. Verma, who headed the panel.

The panel recommended that police and other officials who fail to act against crimes against women be punished. It called for a crackdown on dowry payments to enhance women's status, since families are often forced into massive debt to get their daughters married. It also suggested the government appoint more judges to lessen the backlog of cases and ensure swift justice, and it called for updating the law to include crimes such as voyeurism, stalking and other crimes against women ...



Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/01/23/india-gang-rape-laws/1857921/

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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 11:14 AM

1. Report on India’s Sexual Assault Laws Mixes Scathing Criticism With Proposed Changes

By NIHARIKA MANDHANA

... Among the recommendations in the report:

The creation of several new categories of sexual offenses, punishable by jail terms between one and seven years. These include stalking, including Internet stalking; voyeurism; and forcing a woman to disrobe against her will.

The redefinition of sexual assault to include the “intentional touching of another person when such act of touching is of a sexual nature,” without the consent of the person, and using words, acts or gestures that create “an unwelcome threat of a sexual nature.”

A change in the definition of rape to redefine consent to mean an “unequivocal voluntary agreement” when a person, by words, gestures or any form of nonverbal communication, indicates a willingness to participate in a specific act ...

http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/justice-vermas-repor-offers-scathing-criticism-and-concrete-suggestions/

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