The gender-specific amendments, for the first time, also made stalking and voyeurism punishable offences.
While the ordinance was already in place, the UPA government raced against time to pass the bill in both Houses of parliament and managed to replace the ordinance with the new law within the deadline, that is Thursday.
The new law also makes it mandatory for all hospitals — public or private — to provide free treatment to victims of assault including acid attacks.
Mukherjee accorded his assent to the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill-2013 on Tuesday. The amendments were brought after outrage over the rape of the 23-year old woman.