Right time for gender neutral law?

Will there be a right time ever to make rape and its punishment under the Indian Penal Code ‘gender-neutral’, the Delhi High Court wondered on Wednesday while hearing a PIL petition against the gender-specific nature of the law on sexual assault.

“Will there ever be a right time?,” a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked after one of the amici curiae appointed by it said it might not be the right time now in India to make such a change.

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