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Delhi grape: Parliamentary panel to meet on Dec 27

Posted on Dec 21, 07:48PM | IBNS

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has convened a meeting on Dec 27 to discuss the Delhi gangrape case and the law and order situation in the country.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, committee's chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said: "The meeting is going to deliberate on issues concerning the rape incidents, the changes, if any, to be made to the statute and also the suggestions for the government."

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has sent notices to Union Home Secretary R K Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, asking them to attend the meeting on Dec 27.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee is comprised of 30 members from different political parties.

"Some changes need to be made in the laws as well. Fast track courts should be set up and Evidence Act can be changed. There is a suggestion that in-camera trial should be conducted in such cases. Also, there is a opinion that death sentence should be awarded to the convicts," Naidu said.

Meanwhile, the fifth accused in the horrific Delhi gangrape was arrested by the police even as anger against the brutal attack continues to rage across the national capital and beyond with students and civil society groups on Friday took their protest at the doorstep of the President of India.

The fifth suspect was caught from Badayun in western Uttar Pradesh and brought to Delhi. Earlier reports said two men were arrested but later it was clarified that one accused is still absconding.

Doctors of Safdarjung Hospital on Friday said the brutalized girl has been taken off ventilator.

Medical superintendent of Safdarjung Hospital, BD Athani said: "Victim is attempting to speak. Her liver condition not good. Victim's platelet count has dropped. ...We are trying to prevent infection spreading further."