Penal Code to be Amended to Declare Male Child Rape a Criminal Offence
January 26, Colombo (LNW): In a groundbreaking move, the Cabinet has approved amendments to the Penal Code, addressing a critical gap in the legal framework by criminalizing the rape of male children. Until this approval, male rape was not explicitly recognized as a criminal offense, leaving victims without proper avenues for justice.
The decision to introduce these amendments stems from the acknowledgment of the need for legal provisions to address the sexual assault of male children, aligning with the ongoing efforts to strengthen the country’s legal framework related to sexual offenses.
The draft bill, having received clearance from the Attorney General, is set to be published and submitted to Parliament for approval. The proposed amendments not only aim to rectify existing shortcomings in the laws pertaining to the constitutional rape of females but also signal a commitment to inclusivity and protection for all victims of sexual violence, regardless of gender.
This decision reflects a significant step towards ensuring justice, protection, and legal recourse for male child victims of rape, fostering a more comprehensive and equitable legal system in Sri Lanka.