Naming anti-rape law after victim: Govt. awaits Committee reports

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 11:00 hrs

Amid reports that family members of the Delhi gang-rape victim have no objections to naming the revised anti-rape law after the brave heart,

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday said one must wait for the reports of the Justice Verma Committee and Justice Usha Mehra Committee on this very substantive issue, which requires urgent action.

Tewari reiterated that this unfortunate incident should really become the trigger for both updating the laws as well as ensue that the wheels of justice turn expeditiously.

"As we speak, there is a Committee under Justice Verma, which is engaged in the process of receiving feedback and updating the laws. There is an independent committee under Justice Usha Mehra, which is looking into the larger issue of safety and security of women in public places, especially in the national capital territory. So, I think rather than jumping the gun, we should await the reports of both these Committees on this very substantive issue, which requires urgent action," he added.

The Congress-led UPA Government, which has been forced on the backfoot over this heinous crime, has constituted a three-member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India J.S. Verma to give recommendations on amending laws to provide speedier justice and enhanced punishment in sexual assault cases,

The three-member committee, which has sought suggestions from the general public by January 5, has issued a notice seeking suggestions from the public in general, particularly eminent jurists, legal professionals, NGOs, women's groups and civil society members in a bid to provide quicker justice and stringent punishment for crimes against women.

The committee, which was constituted after public protests erupted over the Delhi gang rape case, will look into possible amendments to the criminal law for faster trial and proper punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women.

The other members of the committee, constituted by the government, are Justice (Retd.) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, and Gopal Subramanian, former Solicitor General of India.

The Commission of Inquiry under the Chairmanship of Justice (Retd.) Usha Mehra will suggest measures to make Delhi and NCR safer for women. It will submit its report within three months, which will be tabled in Parliament along with action taken by the government.

Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal had earlier on Tuesday favoured making public the identity of the gang-rape victim wondering what interest was served by keeping her name under wraps.

Tharoor had also said the revised anti-rape legislation should be named after the victim if her parents agree.

Delhi Police, which had earlier invoked murder charges against the six men allegedly involved in the gang-rape, plans to submit a 1000-page chargesheet in the metropolitan magistrate's court in Saket tomorrow. The case will then be moved to the fast-track court to hear it on a day-to-day trial basis.

Amid outpouring of anger and grief in the country, the body of the gang-rape victim was flown to New Delhi from Singapore early on Sunday morning and cremated within hours.

The girl was gang-raped and brutally assaulted allegedly by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16 night. (ANI)

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