A commission of inquiry has been set up by the Delhi government to look into unheeded complaints pertaining to women’s safety since February 2013.
Complaints regarding violence, sexual harassment, stalking and voyeurism against women will be taken up by a three-member committee headed by a retired district judge Dinesh Dayal. Dr Surbhi Singh and Richa Mishra Pandey, wife of Aam Admi Party member Dinesh Pandey, constitute the rest of the panel.
The commission will have a two-year tenure and will have to submit report of its findings every three months from the date of first sitting, according to the notification that was issued on January 19.
“The terms of reference of the commission will be to receive unheeded complaints regarding crimes such as violence, sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism etc that are committed to against women since February 2013, i.e. subsequent to amendments made to IPC (1860) and CrPC (1973) on the basis of some of the recommendations made by Justice Verma Committee and to suggest action to Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi,” the notification reads.
The committee will also be mandated to recommend measures to expedite proceedings in criminal cases, amendments to make currents laws more effective and recommend welfare measures for improving working condition of personnel in law enforcement agencies, among others.