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India's parliament to debate rape legislation

India's parliament to debate rape legislation

Updated 20 March 2013, 17:09 AEDT

India's Upper House of parliament will soon begin debating legislation on sexual harassment and assault, including harsher punishments for rapists.

The legislation was drafted following the gang rape and murder of a 23 year old student last year and was approved by India's lower house yesterday.

Under existing laws, a rapist faces a jail term of up to 10 years.

These changes would increase the minimum sentence for gang rape, rape of a minor, rape by policemen or a person in authority - the punishment would be doubled to 20 years and can be extended to life without parole.

And rape that leads to a victims death would be punished by hanging the perpetrator, under the new law.

But some aspects of the draft bill regarding stalking, voyeurism and the age of consent have been diluted, after politicians raised objections.

Reporter: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speakers: Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association; Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General of India; Renuka Choudhury, Congress member of the Rajya Sabha

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