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Cabinet to meet today to bring ordinance on measures against sexual harassment


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN-IBN
Feb 01, 2013 at 02:36pm IST

New Delhi: The Cabinet will meet on Friday to decide on a stringent law to deal with sexual harassment. Sources had indicated to CNN-IBN earlier that the government was considering the feasibility of an ordinance instead of waiting for the Budget Session to legislate on the recommendations made by the Justice Verma Committee.

This is being seen as damage control in the wake of Justice Verma's outburst against the government's inept handling of the Delhi gangrape case. Sources add that Sonia and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are keen on bringing in an ordinance.

The move also comes just days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote to Justice Verma, assuring him that the government would use it as a basis to strengthen laws on crimes against women. "I thank you, Justice Leila Seth and Shri Gopal Subramanian for your labour of love in completing the work. That the Committee submitted its report within a short period of 30 days is testimony to your commitment and concern for public good. I assure you that we will be prompt in pursuing the recommendations of the committee," the Prime Minister wrote in his letter.

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