The recent incident of rape and brutal
assault on a young woman in Delhi has shaken the conscience of the
nation and has triggered a serious debate amongst jurists, civil society
members and women’s groups about inadequacy of the present laws to
protect the safety and dignity of women.
The Government has given anxious
consideration to the need for reviewing the present laws so as to
provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of
aggravated sexual assault. For that purpose, a Committee has been
constituted by the Union Government on 23.12.2012 under the Chairmanship
of Justice (Retd.) Shri J.S. Verma, former Chief Justice of India. The
other two Members are – (i) Justice Smt. Leila Seth, former Chief
Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court (ii) Shri Gopal Subramanian,
former Solicitor General of India, former Chairman of Bar Council of
India and eminent Jurist.
The Committee has to submit its Report
within 30 days. The public in general and particularly the eminent
jurists, legal professionals, NGOs, Women’s Groups and civil Society
members are requested to share with this Committee their views,
knowledge and experience suggesting possible amendments in the criminal
laws and other relevant laws to provide for quicker investigation,
prosecution and trial as also enhanced punishment for criminals accused
of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women.
The suggestions can be sent by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or through fax at 011-23092675.
The suggestions should be sent by January 05, 2013 so as to enable the
committee to complete its task and give its report with necessary
recommendations within the available time.