Sexual assault: Govt to seek quicker trial

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 14:18 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 24 (IBNS) 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.

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 the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

In the light of the recent Delhi gangrape 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, said the MHA.

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