In February, the Indian government passed an ordinance aimed at toughening penalties for sexual harassment and assault. But
the ordinance, an interim law that requires parliamentary ugg boots sale kids approval to become permanent, left out
several suggestions made by the panel.
For instance, it ignored a recommendation to recognize marital rape as a crime. “Even within marriage, the issue of
consent is important,” said Kalpana Viswanath, a researcher and ugg boots sale clearance women’s rights activist with
Jagori, a Delhi-based group.“If the family is a place of violence, we need to uncover that to create families that are
more equitable,” added Ms. Viswanath, who also took part in Friday’s protest.
Many opposed the ordinance for describing sexual violence in gender-neutral terms. They want the wording of the law to be
changed from “sexual assault” to “rape” to cheap ugg boots sale reflect that this is a crime for which men are almost
exclusively responsible.“We want it recognized that this is a gender-specific form of violence,” said Ms. Viswanath.
“Gender neutrality is a big, big problem,” agreed Kanika Singh, a history student at Delhi’s Ambedkar University. She
said she’s “extremely disappointed” with the cheap ugg boots uk government’s proposed changes to sexual violence
legislation. “It shows lack of political will on the part of the government, and its lack of seriousness to deal with this
issue,” she said.