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Posted On : 17 Mar, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : New Delhi 
HC seeks Centre's reply on plea against amendments in rape law
The Delhi High Court today sought the response of the Centre on a plea seeking to strike down the amendments made in the rape law post December 16 gangrape incident in the national capital.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice V K Rao also issued notice to the Ministry of Law and Justice and directed it to file an affidavit by July 5.

A plea by academician Madhu Purnima Kishwar and two of the accused facing trial under the law has alleged that the amendments to the law relating to sexual offences is being abused in practice.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing on behalf of the petitioners, sought striking down of some of the provisions of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 which provides the amendments of the Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act and Code of Criminal Procedure on laws related to sexual offences.

The plea urged the court to summon the records from the National Crimes Records Bureau, Tihar jail and the Centre to assess the profiling features of rape prosecution post the 2013 amendments.

It also sought a direction to reconsider the case in which a sentence of imprisonment has been passed post the amendments.

The gangrape of a 23-year-old woman on December 16, 2012 had led to a countrywide agitation. Following the protests, a committee under the chairmanship of a retired Supreme Court judge was constituted to suggest amendments to the criminal law to sternly deal with sexual assault cases.
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