Gang-rape: Praise for police chief shocking, says Justice Verma

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 14:00 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) It was "shocking" that the union home secretary praised the Delhi Police chief for "promot action" in catching the six males involved in the gruesome gang-rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapist trainee, Justice J.S. Verma said after he submitted his report to the ministry on reviewing the country's rape laws.

"I must say, I was shocked as a citizen when I saw soon after the incident the police commissioner of Delhi being given a pat on the back for his prompt action by a person no less than the home secretary," said Justice Verma, who headed the three-member panel that was set up home ministry in the wake of the gang-rape.

Speaking to the reporters, he also said state police chief's appointments should also be reviewed.

"There was hardly any response from any one of them and there was a news report in one of the national dailies which said the DGPs ignored the committee. I don't know what it meant," said Verma, a former chief justice of India and the national human rights commission chief.

He also said that the response from the state directors general of police on the review of the criminal laws was "poor."

"The review of appointment of all those DGPs is the other recommendation we have made," said Verma while reading out from his 631-page report.

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