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President Pranab Mukherjee has signed the anti-rape bill yesterday.

This bill provided for enhanced punishment for rape, making stalking and voyeurism criminal offences and fixing the age of consent for sex at 18.

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha March 19, and by the Rajya Sabha March 21.

The bill incorporates suggestions of the Justice JS Verma Committee, formed after the brutal Delhi gang-rape of a paramedical student on December 16 2012, to make anti-rape laws stronger.

It provides rigorous imprisonment for a minimum of 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment, to those convicted for the offence of gang-rape, and also defines and prescribes punishment for stalking, voyeurism and sexual harassment.