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India toughens laws on sexual assault, trafficking after bus rape

NEW DELHI — India dramatically tightened its laws on sexual assault and trafficking Sunday, with a far-reaching package of measures rushed through to satisfy public opinion following the horrific gang rape and murder of a young woman in New Delhi in December.

Women’s groups complained that the government had not gone far enough, particularly because it failed to outlaw marital rape and deal with the legal impunity enjoyed by members of the armed forces.

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