Govt. to set up committee of eminent jurists to suggest amendments to criminal law

New Delhi, December 24, 2012

The Government has decided to set up a committee of eminent jurists to look into possible amendments to the criminal law so as to provide for quicker trial and enhanced punishment for criminals accused of committing sexual assault of extreme nature against women.

Mr Justice (Retd) J S Verma, former Chief Justice of India, will be the Chairman of the committee. Ms Justice (Retd) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh, and
Mr Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General of India, will be the other members of the committee, an official press release said.
The committee shall submit its report within 30 days, the release said.
The release said that, in the light of the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi on December 16, the Government had given anxious consideration to the need for reviewing the present laws so as to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault.

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