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Justice J S Verma Commission • Rape laws

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Justice J S Verma commission rape laws
Justice J S Verma commission rape laws

Background

The nation-wide outrage over the gang-rape of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student in a moving bus has sparked a demand for death penalty under rape laws for convicts. Under the existing rape laws, the maximum punishment for rape is a life term.

Composition of the Commission

  • Former Chief Justice of India J.S. Verma will head the three-member Commission of Inquiry for detailed discussions into the existing system of rape laws, especially the maximum punishment for rape which is life term.
  • The two other members of the commission are former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Lalita Seth and former Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramaniam.

Objectives of the Commission

  • The commission will look into Delhi moving bus gang-rape incident.
  • The commission will suggest ways for improving safety and security of women.
  • The commission will suggest ways to make stricter rape laws.
  • The commission will look into possible amendments to the criminal law for faster trial and proper punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women.

PS: The commission has sought comments from the public in general, particularly eminent jurists, legal professionals, NGOs, women’s groups and civil society members on reviewing the existing rape laws in a bid to provide quicker justice and stringent punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault. The commission will submit its report within 30 days.

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7 comments

    • In Violent rape / gang rape, there should be no bail to the accused.
    • In the rape case, victim should be given a police protection by all means.
    • The case should be disposed off within 6 months from the filing of charge sheet.
    • Hearing should be held in-camera.
    • Questions to be asked to victim should be given in the printed form so no embarrassment to victim.
    • Answer about sexual abuse should be heard by woman judge / counsel only.
    • Victim’s father / mother, sister, any of them should be allowed to be with her at the time of examination in the court along with her lawyer to boost her morale.
    • Thanks for comments and valid points raised. Our society’s values need to be strengthened because it is not rape but the the idea of a rape that germinates and takes birth first in the mind. Root cause to this incident reflects the moral values our society lacks, and, to nip this evil in the bud education system of our country needs to be overhauled to supplement the youth with the right ethical and moral values since childhood. Sensitization of the society in general and youth in particular towards such crimes and their consequences is the only way forward.

  1. RAPISTS SHOULD BE BRANDED ON FOREHEAD INSTEAD OF MAKING THEM STATE GUEST FOR LIFE BY WAY OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

  2. Strict laws are essential but prevention of crime has to be ensured. This can be done by:

    • strict checks at random of vehicles on all check posts of police. Once the fear of checking is there that itself will prove deterrent.
    • police personnels being wasted to ensure so-called VIP security should be utilized to increase level of vigilance for common man.
    • relatives of VIP’s e.g 3 daughters of pm and others should travel by public transport so that the law enforcing agencies remain on full alert always.
  3. BIG AMOUNT OF FINE NOT BELOW 20LAKHS WOULD BE EFFECTIVE JUST LIKE EUROPE OR AMERICA IN CASE OF RAPE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT

    • Thanks for comments. I would not like to comment about the money issue as it would be irresponsible on my part. Though it may prove as a useful deterrent but the long-term solution i see is sensitization of men since childhood towards women. The incident with the physiotherapy student has been most horrific and shocking. This proves human race has still not fully evolved. Still there are animals freely roaming about.

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