A Comprehensive Study on the Influence of Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 on IPC Section 376

Authors: Diksha Sharma and Rohan Bhambri, Students, Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India



Historically, an imbalance in the power relations between men and women has created a misconception that women are weaker and defenceless than men. This has led to the domination of men over women. Over the years, women have been subjected to discrimination, torture and violence resulting in the negative impacts of their development and growth. Increase in the sexual offences against women has been acknowledged as the significant social and legal complications. The nation-wide outrage over the Delhi Gang rape case (Nirbhaya rape case) had prompted the need for strict and severe laws against sexual offences. The Government of India has reviewed and amended the former laws of offences against women by proposing the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013. This paper seeks to analyze and compare the revisions established by the aforementioned Act with respect to Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. The authors present and justify the benefits and consequences of the said Amendment across the country.

Keywords: Criminal law Amendment, section 376, Nirbhaya rape case


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