MHA comes out with comprehensive measures in response to Delhi rape case

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 15:50 hrs

Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a list of comprehensive measures taken out by the government in the response of public ire and massive protests against the Delhi gang rape incident, which is continue on Monday, the eighth day in a row in the national capital and other various cities of the country.

According to the list the government has taken the following measures:-

1. The Prime Minister addressed the nation, expressed concern and promised that Government will "examine without delay all aspects concerning safety of women and children and punishment to those who commit these monstrous crimes".

2. A three number help-line with number 181 has been set up for women in distress.

3. Home Minister through interview to various channels appealed to the protesters to return home as the Government has taken firm action on all issues.

4. Union Home Minister and Delhi Chief Minister met Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court today for starting fast track hearing in the recent gang-rape case. Victim being given best possible medical care. Condition is being monitored regularly.

5. Justice Verma Committee begins functioning to look into possible amendments to the criminal law for the quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals, accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women. The Committee has intimated all concerned to send their responses through email at or through fax at 011-23092675 latest by January 05, 2013.

6. Action has been taken against the transporter whose bus was involved in the crime. Improvement in the public transport system by increasing the number of buses at night. GPS will be installed on all public transport vehicles to ensure that they do not stray from their scheduled routes. It will be ensured that all personnel deployed on public transport carry identification badges and are verified.

7. Government will set up a Commission of Inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1952 to review responses to this shocking crime.

8. Action taken against erring Policemen. Proactive and enhanced patrolling by police vans/ motorcycles has started along routes taken by families and women returning late at night from entertainment hubs and work places.

These steps were considered for immediate implementation even as public protests related to the December 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman.

Several of the protesters have been injured by cane wielding security personnel, a majority of whom are attired in riot-related gear.

The public anger is such that some have demanded the immediate execution of the rapists, whether by hanging or by being burnt alive. (ANI)

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