‘Callous’ response of states irks Verma panel
The jurists' panel, which was set-up on Dec 23 following widespread protests in the aftermath of a brutal gangrape in Delhi, is likely to overhaul the criminal laws bill, introduced by the govt in Lok Sabha last month. Nagendar Sharma reports.delhi Updated: Jan 16, 2013 10:39 IST
Justice Verma panel has found the suggestions made by some of the states, high courts and even human rights organisations as "casual".
The panel, headed by former Chief Justice of India JS Verma, with former high court Chief Justice Leila Seth and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium as its members, has however, found some of the suggestions to be “exceptionally good and extremely helpful”.The jurists' panel, which was set-up by the government on December 23 following widespread protests in the aftermath of a brutal gang rape in the capital, is likely to overhaul the criminal laws (amendment) bill, introduced by the government in Lok Sabha last month.
“The spontaneous public anger reflected a multi-pronged failure ranging from the absence of an effective law enforcing mechanism to prevent heinous crimes against women to a faulty legal framework which was allowed to linger for decades," said an official assisting the panel.
Of the 60,000 suggestions received by the panel, not many talk of concrete moves that can be taken to address the issue.
"The intent is definitely there, but majority of states, high courts and others who have sent their views seem to have followed the beaten track in the sense of having suggested reactive measures in a casual manner," said the official.
The panel is also of the view that some of the NGOs appeared to have become a part of the clamour to send suggestions with a view "of merely joining the chorus of having contributed their bit in having strong anti-rape laws, but unfortunately it turned out to be a formality."
The jurists panel is ready to give a limited hearing to women groups and other organisations which have repeatedly requested for face-to-face hearing with it. It is also reviewing the present laws of acid attacks against women and other major problems faced by them in daily lives like stalking and molestation.
Ashiana rape accused not a juvenile
Lucknow: The Juvenile Justice Board on Tuesday declared Gaurav Shukla, the prime accused in the Ashiana gang rape case, “not a juvenile” at the time of the incident. Shukla and five others had allegedly abducted, tortured and raped a 13-year-old girl, daughter of a scrap dealer on May 2, 2005. While four accused were convicted and one is being tried, Shukla, who is related to a politician, is yet to be tried. “The decision is based on the date of birth (March 14, 1987) of the accused mentioned in his first school records,” said Dinesh Pandey, member of the board. The case would be heard by the district judge on January 21.
Seven-year-old raped in Goa school
Panaji: A seven-year-old girl was raped in a school toilet in Goa on Monday. A day later the rapist was still at large, but the police arrested the school’s headmistress for "delaying the FIR". The girl was found in a state of shock in the school toilet after being raped by an unidentified person who had slipped into the school. After irate locals laid siege to the school, chief minister Manohar Parrikar and top administration and police officials rushed to the school on Monday night.
High court notice to Jharkhand govt on rape, murder
Ranchi: Taking suo motu cognisance of a gang rape incident, the Jharkhand HC on Tuesday issued notices to the chief secretary and the home secretary for the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl in Garhwa district. The body of the Class IV student was found tied to a tree on Monday morning.
Teen raped, accused arrested
Nawanshahr (Punjab): A 14-year-old girl was raped allegedly by a 32-year-old man from the same village in Nawanshahr district on Sunday. The girl was returning home after celebrating Lohri when she was attacked by Mohan Lal. The man has been arrested.