Gang-rape horror: Panel will identify lapses if any, says Chidambaram
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said that a commission, headed by retired Justice Usha Mehra, will probe the Delhi gang-rape case and submit its report in three months.
"The commission headed by former High Court judge Usha Mehra will identify the lapses and may also come up with an interim report if necessary," Chidambaram told mediapersons here.
Chidambaram said that the commission would fix responsibility in the case and look into any negligence on part of the Delhi Police.
"The commission has been also tasked to suggest measures on security and safety of women in the country, especially in the Delhi-NCR region," said Chidambaram.
"Whatever we are doing now is only intended to demonstrate the government's serious intent in the matter -- that we will apprehend and punish the perpetrators. We will try and find out what went wrong and fix responsibility. We will also amend the laws as deemed necessary," he added.
Emphasizing that the Congress-led UPA Government was serious about ensuring the safety of women across India, Chidambaram said: "We are serious about finding lasting solutions to women's safety issue."
Chidambaram expressed sympathy with the gang-rape survivor's family on the Centre's behalf.
"Our prayers are with the family of the victim," he said. The Finance Minister also appealed to everyone to stay calm.
"We are trying to find a lasting solution to the problem," he added.
The Congress Core Group reviewed the situation in the national capital earlier on Tuesday in the wake of protests over the gang-rape incident emphasising that police should deal with the matter with sensitivity while there should be no room for violence.
The meeting that was held at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) residence here was attended by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, P Chidambaram and Sonia Gandhi's Political Secretary Ahmed Patel.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath were present as special invitees in the meeting.
Meanwhile, the condition of the 23-year-old girl who was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus earlier this month and is presently being treated at the Safdarjung Hospital here continues to be critical.