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India Enacts Harsher Punishments for Sexual Assault

Permits the death penalty in the event that an assault leaves the victim in a permanent vegetative state and outlaws types of sexual assault previously unaddressed, as well as human trafficking. There’s still progress to be made, though:

While many are applauding the new ordinances, some women’s right activists believe that the new laws don’t go far enough. For example, under the new laws it is still legal for a husband to rape his wife and service members are protected under a special law that gives them impunity.