PM lauds Justice Verma-led panel's commitment on criminal law amendments, assures prompt action
New Delhi, Jan. 30 : The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has written to Justice (Retd.) J.S. Verma congratulating and praising the committee that he chaired that recommended amendments to existing criminal laws, and assured the panel of prompt action by the government.
"I am writing to thank you, Justice Leila Seth and Gopal Subramanian for your labour of love in completing the work of the committee our government had constituted to recommend amendments in law to be able to deal effectively with cases of sexual assault of extreme nature against women," said Dr. Singh in his letter.
"That the committee submitted its report within a short period of 30 days is testimony to your commitment and concern for the public good. On behalf of our government, I assure you that we will be prompt in pursuing the recommendations of the Committee," he added.
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 January 23.
The committee was formed in the aftermath of the heinous gang rape case of Delhi in which a 23-year-old medical student was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. She died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 in the multi-specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore
The Congress-led UPA Government, which was forced on the back foot over this heinous crime, had constituted a three-member committee headed by Justice Verma to give recommendations on amending laws to provide speedier justice and enhanced punishment in sexual assault cases,
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.