Justice J.S. Verma Committee submits report on anti-rape law recommendations
A three-member committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India J.S. Verma, which was set up to consider introduction of tougher laws for crimes against women, submitted its report to the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday.
"This is just the beginning of real change, and I am sure it will pick up momentum," said former Chief Justice Verma while submitting the panel's recommendation on rape law reform.
"We conducted a global research to arrive at our recommendations. We have got around 80,000 suggestions," he added.
Lauding the nation's youth movement that forced the Government to hear their protests and demands in the wake of the brutal gang rape and death of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi on December 16, 2012, Justice Verma said: "We have much to learn from the youth. It is not possible to name everyone who contributed (to this report). Even when there was provocation, they did not react and continued to maintain calm."
"It was the young men who were conscious that this gender inequality has to be done away with," he added.
The gang raped woman died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 in the multi-specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
The committee had earlier issued a notice seeking suggestions from the public in general, particularly eminent jurists, legal professionals, NGOs, women's groups and civil society members in a bid to provide quicker justice and stringent punishment for crimes against women.
The other members of the committee, constituted by the government, are Justice (Retd.) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, and Gopal Subramanian, former Solicitor General of India.