Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 a token move, it won’t do much to enhance women’s safety

As the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 made its winged way through Parliament last week, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde applauded this as a loud, clear and deterrent signal: Indian society would no longer tolerate the ‘errant behaviour’ that shook us on December 16. Unfortunately the degree to which parliamentarians` discussion of the Bill was warped by bigotry, not to mention aspects of the Bill itself, underlined how foolhardy it would be to believe that this new law alone will make women and girls safer in India.


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