Sexual crimes against women: Ordinance issued to toughen laws
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The ordinance amends Section 509 of the Indian Panel Code to define these new crimes against women.
The ordinance also provides for an amendment in the Indian Penal Code to define trafficking, which will be punishable with a jail term of no less than seven years and may extend to life imprisonment.
Public servants who knowingly don't act to prevent rape or refuse to take cognisance of a rape case will be jailed for between one and five years.
The government has also accepted the Verma panel recommendation to keep rape gender-specific (only women) and amend section 354 of the Indian Panel Code to define sexual assault, which will also deal with crimes of sexual nature against males.
Home ministry sources told The Indian Express that the ministry plans to write to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, suggesting an amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act to lower the age of juveniles who can be tried for crimes committed by them to 16 years from 18.