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Tougher sex crime laws approved

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India announced Monday tougher laws on sexual crimes, including the death penalty for rapists, following the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi. 

President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday approved new legislation recommended by the government, Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said.

"Death has been prescribed as a maximum punishment in the case of rape, followed by injury which causes death, or causes the victim to be in a persistent vegetative state," Chidambaram said.

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