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The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a plea that sought to identify the rape of a man also as a crime, saying it was not inclined to do so at this point of time.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the petition, recording that the court was not inclined to entertain this petition at this stage. It also said that the matter was something that Parliament should look into because making a law or identifying a crime and providing for punishment was within the legislative domain.

When the lawyer sought to withdraw the petition, Justice Gogoi observed that his order was clear that the bench was not disposed to entertain the plea “at this stage” and that it did not mean that the petition does not have any merit or that it cannot be entertained even in future.

The PIL was filed by an organisation called Criminal Justice Society of India, citing the lacuna in the rape law as it did not acknowledge rape as a crime also against men and transgenders.

-India Legal Bureau

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