Age of consent remains 18 in anti-rape Bill

The Government will introduce the much-awaited anti-rape Bill in the Lok Sabha tomorrow after the Cabinet today cleared the final draft of the law that raises the age of consensual sex to 18 years and waters down the penalties attached to new sexual offences like stalking and voyeurism.

Both these have been made bailable at the first offence, which means the punishment they carry has been fixed between a minimum of one year and a maximum of three. In the earlier draft of the Bill, stalking was proposed to be non-bailable and voyeurism was made bailable at the first offence and non-bailable later. Now, both will be non-bailable only at the second offence.

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