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Toothless plan, says Punjab Congress legal cell

The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) legal cell has charged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal with forming an "inadequate" committee to suggest criminal-law amendments for the protection of women against heinous crimes.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 05, 2013 21:19 IST

The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) legal cell has charged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal with forming an "inadequate" committee to suggest criminal-law amendments for the protection of women against heinous crimes.


The cell has dubbed the measure "a complete eyewash" and "non-effective mechanism" to deal with the deteriorating law and order. "The committee's irrelevancy is evident from its bureaucratic structure," Supreme Court lawyer Jaiveer Shergill, co-chairman of the PPCC legal cell, said here on Saturday.

"It will suggest laws to govern society that is 70% young (below the age of 35), yet it has no young lawyer or woman social activist on it."

"The committee is like a team of doctors performing an operation in the absence of the surgeon familiar with the disease," said Shergill, wondering how the perspectives of the youth, social activists, and women would be included.

The need of the hour was not bureaucratic, toothless committees but real practical measures to solve crimes against women, said the Supreme Court lawyer. "Of the 28 police commissioners and district police chiefs in the state, only one is a woman, an SSP," he added. "Chief minister Badal should answer how the situation would improve, if there remained a gender bias in the police department."