Poll: Should rape laws be made gender-neutral?

07/07/2020 - 13/07/20201,666 votes
According to The Quint, in an open letter on Saturday, 4 July, members of a citizen’s group called ‘No Rape India’, wrote to the Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to make rape and sexual harm gender-neutral offences, by including men and transgenders within the ambit. The letter, signed by citizen activist Ravina Raj Kohli and former Uttar Pradesh DGP Vikram Singh, said that other cases “be treated with no less rigour and conviction than those who perpetrate such harm on women.” Referring to the Shantakulam incident in Tamil Nadu, where two men were victims of alleged police brutality, the activists said that sexual assault was undermined and not classified as rape, simply because they were identified as “men” by their anatomy. As rape laws are made more stringent in India, should the next step be making it gender-neutral as well?

Q1. Should Indian rape laws be gender-neutral?

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