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January 23, 2013

Delhi gang-rape: Justice Verma Committee submits report

Zee News


New Delhi, Jan 23: The Justice JS Verma Committee, constituted to suggest amendments to laws relating to crimes against women, on Wednesday submitted its report to the Home Ministry.

The three-member committee was set up a week after the horrific December 16 gang-rape of a para-medical student in Delhi which shook the entire nation and led to widespread protests.

While no specific details of the nearly 200-page report were available, sources said the panel has recommending strengthening the anti-rape laws.

While reviewing the laws, the panel received nearly 65,000 suggestions from the general public. Among the issues the panel was mandated to look at included enhanced punishment for those involved in sexual crimes of extreme nature.

Among other parties, the Congress had suggested to the Verma Committee that rapists should be given a maximum of life sentence and capital punishment must be reserved only for rarest of rare cases.

Under the existing law, the maximum punishment for rape is a life term but the nation-wide outrage over the gang rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a moving bus had sparked a demand for death penalty for rape convicts.

The BJP had also favoured death for perpetrators of such crimes and demanded a special session of Parliament for amending the laws.

Delhi gang-rape: Justice Verma Committee submits report


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