Yes, that’s the news. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 lowers the age of consent for sex from 18 years to 16 years. The rape has been made an offence as gender specific and only men can be charged on that count. The amendment, so cleared by the Central Cabinet, also stipulates stringent punishment for crimes against women including rape cases. The amendment in question should have been more specific particularly in regard to punishment for crimes against women, which it is not. ‘Consent’ for sex is evasive as this is the area most exploited in the cases of rape. There are instances where undue pressure is forcefully applied on the victims to admit that what occurred as a rape was the consented one. There are cases, although exceptional, where women too themselves apply coercive methods seeking sex from men. This too is a kind of rape only, and the clause in the Amendment should have been addressed to any body, man or woman, involved in the act. The unnatural sex between homo sexuals is equally an area which should have been branded as ‘rape’. As reported by media, the case of one B.D. Khente, an army man, who shot down his senior, a Subedar, Randhir Singh, in June’2006 for the reason that the latter was making undue advances to the former for unnatural sex by sodomising him. He was punished for life for the killing as such. In fact, it was a sort of self defence resisting an attempt of rape against him, and there was no reason to punish him. The Amendment in the Criminal Law so cleared should have covered the cases, the unnatural ones, of such a nature also in the Bill. That way, the Bill is not adequately comprehensive on matters of ‘rape’.