Delhi Gang Rape: Home Secretary chairs first meeting of women's safety task force

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 11:50 hrs

Union Home Secretary R.K.Singh on Thursday chaired the first meeting of the 13-member special task force on women's safety in the national capital.

The task force, which was created on January 1 amid strong demands for tougher laws to deal with crimes against women, is to meet every fortnight.

The task force has been set up in the wake of the December 16 gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old woman.

The crime hogged media headlines for more than a fortnight, forcing the government to respond to the public's outrage.

The task force will review the functioning of the Delhi Police on a regular basis. It will also continuously review action taken by the police and the Delhi government regarding safety issues of women.

The government had also on December 23 constituted a committee under the chairmanship of former Supreme Court chief justice Justice (retired) J.S. Verma to look into the possible amendments of the criminal law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment to criminals in such cases.

The three-member Committee has been asked to submit its report to the government within 30 days. The other members of the Committee are Justice (retd) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam.

The task force comprises Delhi's Chief Secretary, Delhi Police Commissioner, Special Commissioner (Traffic), Special Commissioner (Law and Order) and Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women.

The other members Chairperson, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Transport Commissioner, Commissioners of East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Excise Commissioner, GNCTD and Joint Secretary (UT) in the Home Ministry.

Under the existing law, the maximum punishment for rape is life term, but the nationwide outrage over the December 16 gang-rape of the physiotherapy student has triggered a demand for death penalty to rapists. (ANI)

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