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Death penalty, steep fines and other changes in new Maharashtra bill on sexual crime


  • The Maharashtra government presented a draft bill making changes to existing laws on violence against women and children. 
  • The Bill, proposed to be enacted as Shakti Act, 2020, has provisions for enhancing punishment including death penalty for rape, fine up to Rs 10 lakh on perpetrators of violence, faster investigations and quicker disposal of cases.
  • The main reason given by the government for bringing in the new law is an increase in the number of cases of violence, specifically sexual violence against women and children.