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.