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Anjana Pasricha – Voice of America – Thursday, 07 February 2013 (originally published 04 Feb)

Gathered protesters demonstrating against an inadequate new laws

Scores of protesters have gathered near India’s parliament house to protest a new law which they say is inadequate to deter all forms of sexual violence against women in New Delhi, India, February 4, 2013. Image: AP

NEW DELHI — In India, the government has passed tough new laws to tackle sexual violence against women. Demand for new legislation was sparked by a brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in India’s capital in December. Women’s rights activists say the laws do not go far enough in addressing the pressing issue.

A harsher punishment for rape will for the first time include the death penalty in cases where the victim dies or is left in a vegetative state. The minimum sentence for gang rape, rape of a minor or rape by a person in authority has been doubled from 10 to 20 years.

Trafficking of women and children will also be punished by longer jail terms. Voyeurism and stalking have been defined as new offenses . . .

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