New Delhi: The government on Monday said it has decided to constitute a committee of eminent jurists to look into possible amendments to the criminal law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals, accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women.
Justice (Retd) JS Verma, former Chief Justice of India will be the Chairman of the committee.
Other members on the committee are: Justice (retd) Leila Seth, former chief justice of Himachal Pradesh and Gopal Subramaniam, former solicitor general of India.
The committee shall submit its report within 30 days.
"In the light of the recent incident, the government has given anxious consideration to the need for reviewing the present laws to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault," said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The constitution of the committee comes in the wake of countrywide protests against the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in Delhi Dec 16 by six men. The rape victim is battling for life in a hospital here.