The President of India , Sri. Pranab Mukherjee has accorded sanction to new anti rape bill on Wednesday that was passed by both houses of the Parliament last month. The move is aimed to prevent mental and physical harassment against women and also, to ensure that the offender gets severe punishment, based on several incidents occurred in different regions of the nation. The bill will be in effect (3April 2013) on the same day of its announcement .
The new bill also comprises of a prison term of 20 years for committing rape , capital punishment for murdering the raped victim and stringent actions for other offences like acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism.