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Anti-rape ordinance to be tabled

Posted on Feb 22, 11:09AM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 22 : The Anti-Rape ordinance promulgated by the government after the Verma Commission recommendations is scheduled to be tabled in the Budget Session of Parliament on Friday. However, the ordinance still lacks political consensus.

The budget session commenced on Thursday with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing jointly both the Houses at the Central Hall of Parliament.

On the first day, President Pranab Mukherjee in his speech focused on the atrocities on women among other issues.

The President said his government has enacted a path-breaking legislation, the 'Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act', which provides for stringent punishment for persons who commit or abet such offences.

"My Government is also deeply concerned about incidents of sexual offences against women. After considering the recommendations of the Justice J.S. Verma Committee, the Government has promulgated an ordinance, amending the criminal law to provide for stringent punishment for heinous sexual offences against women."

"The Government has also begun to implement a series of administrative measures to improve the safety and security of women in the country," he had said.