Outlining the Legal Landscape of Rape Laws in India

Ahmad & Mitra(ed.) Woman and Child Rights: Issues & Challenges (Satyam Int. Pub. 2019).

11 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2019

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Dipa Dube

Indian Institute of Technology - Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law

Date Written: May 11, 2018

Abstract

The rape law of the country has been in much deliberation over the past few years given the tragic incident of Nirbhaya (fearless) in the national capital of Delhi. Several amendments have been introduced by the Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013 to ensure speedy and effective justice to women subject to the barbarity of rape. However, to what extent is the law garnered to protect the interests of women remain a pertinent question, especially since the law is predominantly colonial in origin, imbued with patriarchal overtones, and reminiscent of the then position of women in England. Over the past few decades, the landscape of rape law has witnessed profound changes, gradually moving away from the concept of ‘owned’ property to ‘independent’ beings, and the latest amendments have strengthened the point. The present paper traverses the entire realm of rape law since its conception till date, and outlines the future issues of concern which call for attention and reformation.

Keywords: Rape, Criminal law, victims, Nirbhaya

Suggested Citation

Dube, Dipa, Outlining the Legal Landscape of Rape Laws in India (May 11, 2018). Ahmad & Mitra(ed.) Woman and Child Rights: Issues & Challenges (Satyam Int. Pub. 2019).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3386512

Dipa Dube (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Technology - Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law ( email )

Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, West Bengal, 721302
India

HOME PAGE: http://www.iitkgp.ac.in

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