The Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Act - the one used to nail rape offenders (amongst others) - has been amended to provide some relief to rape victims.
- Rape cases willl have to complete trial in two months
- Video and audio conferencing can be used in the trial
- Recording victims' statements at the place of their choice
- Having female judges record statements
These little changes will make a big difference IF they're implemented.
With India emerging as the third worst rape offender in the world, (http://newshopper.sulekha.com/newsitem/2008/12/its-official-india-3rd-worst-offender-in-rape-cases.htm) and statistics painting a terrible picture of gender violence in India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Two_women_raped_in_India_every_hour/rssarticleshow/3778956.cms)
we need stringent laws that nail offenders, systems that make it easier for the victim to co-operate and movements that change mindsets.