Delhi gang rape Justice Verma Committee to submit recommendations today


Over a month after the December 16 gang-rape of a para-medical student in Delhi shook the entire nation and led to widespread protests, a three-member panel set up by the government to look into women’s safety will submit its report on Wednesday.

The Justice Verma Committee was constituted to look at existing legislations and suggest changes to check crimes against women. The panel will submit its recommendations to the government.

While reviewing the laws, the panel had also sought suggestions from the public. Among the issues the panel is reported to have looked at include enhanced punishment for those who were 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.

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