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Indian lawmakers face rape sanction

NEW DELHI — Indian lawmakers facing sexual assault charges against women could be suspended from office if the country’s top court rules in ­favor of a petition submitted after a gang-rape and murder that shocked the country.

Six state lawmakers are facing rape prosecutions and two national parliamentarians are facing charges of crimes against women that fall short of rape, said Jagdeep S. Chhokar, an official with the Association for Democratic Reforms, which tracks political candidate’s criminal ­records.

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The petition will be heard Thursday and comes as police prepare to charge six suspects in the gang-rape and killing of a student in the capital two weeks ago.

The Dec. 16 rape led to outrage across the country and sparked demands for stronger laws, tougher police action against those accused of sexual assault, and a sustained campaign to change society’s views on women.

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