A new law that lets women go into a room and get a rape victim out
A new Maharashtra law on rape, which will soon come into force in the state, will allow women to get into a women’s hostel room and go to a woman’s room.
The move has been hailed as a big step towards improving the lives of women in the country.
The law will come into effect on January 1, 2018.
In India, there are almost 500 such hostels and rooms.
The Maharashtra government is also seeking to make it easier for women to register their complaints with the state’s crime branch.
According to the proposed law, a hostel may not discriminate on the grounds of gender, religion, caste, language, caste-related status or disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or age.
The hostel also may not be located in a place of worship, the proposed laws said.
The law will also make it mandatory for the police to check the identity of guests, including women, before they enter a hostels room.
A bill to make sex education mandatory in public schools will be introduced in the legislature on Tuesday, and will come in effect in April.
In 2015, the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of a ban on compulsory sex education in public school curricula.
The court had said that the education system should be a neutral place where students are not compelled to participate in any activities or engage in any activity that may be harmful to them.