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Mayawati to back anti-rape Bill, BJP concerned over reducing age of consent for sex to 16

New Delhi, Mar 16 (): While Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati has expressed her desire to support the proposed anti-rape Bill  that  goes to Parliament  for discussion on Monday, the Samajwadi Party, which supports the government from outside, has announced its decision to oppose the bill if it comes up for voting.

Conveying his disregard for the Bill, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav uttered a different view on Friday saying that his party has a strong opposition for the bill that has been framed on the suggestion of some mentally retarded people.

A different view on the bill by the two main outside supporters of the UPA government, might probably cause some hurdles to the ruling government at the centre which hopes to pass the anti-rape law in the current session, said sources. However, making clear its decision to support the Bill, BSP chief Mayawati said that her party will support the central government’s anti-rape Bill, be it in any form and shape.

Apart from a few controversial proposals on the Bill, the BJP has also specified it would “like to pass the Bill” and indicated its broader commitment to get a strict anti-rape law. Talking to reporters, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said that the  party is in favour of a strong anti-rape Bill and wish for the strongest possible punishment for the perpetrators who commit the heinous crime.

Though some sections in the party have expressed concern over decreasing the age of consent from 18 to16, the BJP leader said that it has no objection to the proposed bill and the government could move ahead by referring the controversial segment for the inspection of Parliamentary Standing Committee while allowing other sections for passage.

Along with the BJP, the Trinamool has also conveyed its disregard objecting to a lower age of consent on the ground that this is in conflict with “traditional norms” of Indian society.

Luckily, for the ruling UPA government its main ally such as  the DMK has  extended support and is backing the new anti-rape law pitching  for reducing the age of consent for sex to 16 during the deliberations of the standing committee that cleared the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2012.

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