on laws related to sexual offences took place. In order to assuage public unrest, this amendment took place in a rush.
The most important change that has been made is the change in definition of rape under Indian Penal Code.. The section has been amended to include "penetration to any extent", and has made "lack of physical resistance" as an immaterial evidence for constituting an offence. Except in certain aggravated situation the punishment is imprisonment not less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.
Although the intent of this amendment was to ensure that stricter punishments would act as a deterrent for anyone with malicious ideas and no doubt that it has been able to achieve that however it cannot be overlooked that misuse of this law has also increased. For relationships which fail, women are using this law to forcefully get marital rights and earlier consensual acts are being termed as 'rape' when things don't turn out as planned. The bizarre thing about all these rape accusations is that the victim wants to get married to the man she says raped her thereby making a mockery of the law and undermining it. Does getting into marriage with a man who has betrayed you guarantee hapiness? As soon as the man agrees on marriage, the charges are dropped. I feel this is really sad and should not be allowed. If a man is considered to have committed a crime then the case should be fought to convict him and to see that he serves the sentence.
This sort of manipulation of the law just undermines the case for all genuine cases of rape. Maybe a further amendment of the law is required.