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Inquiry panel to probe Delhi rape: PC

Posted on Dec 26, 04:45PM | IBNS

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a commission of inquiry to probe the Delhi gangrape case.

The commission will be headed by retired Justice Usha Mehra.

"The commission shall go into the various aspects of the shocking incident of rape and brutal assault on a young woman in Delhi on 16.12.2012, identify the lapses if any on the part of the police or any other authority or person," Chidambaram said while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

"The commission shall suggest measures to improve the safety and security of women particularly in Delhi and NCR," he said.

"The inquiry commission on the Delhi gangrape case will submit its report in three months," he said.

Speaking on the condition of the 23-year-old victim, Chidambaram said: "I join everyone in praying for the girl's recovery."

Protests had flared across India last week after the medical student was brutally assaulted and raped by six men on a moving bus in New Delhi and then thrown off along with her male friend on the night of Dec 16.

Latest reports said the health of the victim of the gangrape has improved, but she continues to be on ventilator.

Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital said they were trying to reduce the ventilator support.