New Delhi: Over a month after the brutal gangrape-murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi, the Justice Verma Committee, formed to lay down stricter anti-rape measures, will submit its recommendations on Wednesday. The three-member committee, headed by Justice JS Verma, was set up to review existing laws and make changes in them to effectively check crimes against women.
The Justice Verma Committee had invited suggestions from the citizens of the country on ways to ensure women safety. The panel also studied the possibilities enhanced punishment for criminals who have been accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women.
Following the brutal gangrape case, the Congress had decided to propose a tougher law to check crimes against women which could include a provision like chemical castration of perpetrators of rape in rare cases. Some of the provisions of this tougher law include imprisonment up to 30 years for rape convicts and setting up of fast track-courts to decide the cases within 3 months and were discussed in the presence of party chief Sonia Gandhi on December 23 when she had held a meeting with a group of people protesting against the gangrape incident.
While Congress submitted its report to the Justice Verma Committee, the government collected suggestions from the public on stricter anti-rape laws and submitted them to the committee.