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Rape is redefined to include oral sex

india Updated: Jun 24, 2006 01:40 IST
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FORCED ORAL sex and molestation could invite stringent punishment under the new definition of rape — as suggested by a bill prepared by the Home Ministry. Further, the word "rape" may be replaced by "sexual assault" in the IPC to broaden the scope of sexual offences.

Sources said the draft bill would soon be placed before the cabinet.

The ministry has decided to change the definition and punishment for rape by amending the IPC. While section 375 of the IPC deals with definition of rape, section 376 prescribes the punishment. Sources said the amendments are going to be made in both the sections.

"There was a view that under the present definition of rape some crimes of sexual assault got diluted and adequate punishment could not be handed out.

Thus, all forms of sexual assault will now be clearly defined and the scope of definition of rape will be increased further," a senior ministry official said. Under the new definition of rape, there will be separate clauses dealing with sexual offences committed by policemen, personnel from armed forces, in hospitals, schools and colleges.

Ministry officials said the punishment for rape - currently between 7 and 10 years - would be made more stringent.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil said several suggestions for punishment -- like 10 years, life imprisonment and death sentence -- have been received and these were being examined.

However, sources said the punishment for various sexual offences under the amended law will be between 10 years and life imprisonment. The bill is likely to be introduced during Parliament's Monsoon session.

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