Govt. to set up committee of eminent jurists to suggest amendments to criminal law

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 06:10 hrs

The Central Government has decided to constitute a committee of eminent jurists to have a re-look at the existing rape laws.

The committee will examine 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. Justice (Retd) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh, and Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General of India, will be the other members. The committee shall submit its report within 30 days," said a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

"In the light of the recent incident, the Government has given anxious consideration to the need for reviewing the present laws so as to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault," the statement adds.

This move of the Congress-led UPA II Government comes in the wake of massive public fury over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old. The girl, who is being treated at the Safdarjung Hospital here, continues to be in a critical condition. (ANI)

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