Seeing the indignation over rape the Union Cabinet Chaired by PM Narendra Modi has given approval to the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 for emphatic deterrence against the commission of Rape. The ordinance amends Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Evidence Act, and Protection of Children from sexual Offences. It has also been decided to put in place a number of measures for speedy investigation and trial of Rape cases.

The changes comes against the backdrop of the alleged of Kathua rape and murder case and Surat district recently. A new Section 376AB has been inserted, which prescribe the minimum punishment of 20 years stringent imprisonment to a person committing Rape on a women less than 12 Years of age or imprisonment for rest of Life or with death.

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