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The Delhi gang rape case had its first major impact on Friday as the cabinet approved the death penalty for rapists who cause grievous physical or mental damage to their victims - such as leaving them in a permanent vegetative state - among a host of changes to laws on crimes against women.

Showing unprecedented urgency by choosing not to wait for Parliament's budget session that is 20 days away, the government approved an ordinance that includes key recommendations of the Justice JS Verma panel, and went beyond it to bring in the death sentence - the demand of millions of protesters in the wake of the brutal crime.

The ordinance will become law as soon as the President signs it and requires Parliament's approval within six months, which the government plans to complete in the budget session. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened the special cabinet meeting soon after he met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the morning. A few hours later, senior Congress leaders had another round of meetings where home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde presented the broad contours of the proposed ordinance.

Though the government had kept a two-day window at the start of the budget session to consider passing bills relating to women, government sources said the Congress leadership opted for the unusual step of issuing the ordinance to placate public sentiment.

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