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Punjab panel to suggest legal changes on crime against women

Posted on Jan 04, 10:41AM | UNI

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today constituted a State Committee headed by Justice V K Bali, retired Chief Justice of High Court of Kerala, to look into and suggest possible amendments in the criminal law and other relevant laws to provide for speedy justice in cases of heinous crime against women.

Punjab Advocate General Ashok Aggarwal would be the Member of this Committee besides two former Judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice S K Jain (Retired) and Justice Bakhshish Kaur (Retd) and Principal Secretary Home, Punjab who would also act as Secretary of the Committee.

An official spokesman said the Committee would review the present laws and look into possible amendments in the Criminal Law and other related Laws for expeditious and effective justice to women.

The spokesman said the Committee might suggest various ways and measures which could expedite the investigation, prosecution and trial as also provide for stringent punishment to the culprits of heinous crimes in cases of aggravated assault on women.

The Committee would also look at required police reforms; integration with citizen bodies including panchayats as also the ultimate setting up of fast-track courts.

He said the Committee would submit its report to the Chief Minister within 60 days for action and implementation.