The government has decided to reject the Opposition's demand to convene a special session of Parliament to discuss anti-rape laws, according to sources. The sources added that the discussion is likely to take place during the Budget Session.
According to a CNN-IBN report, the three-member Justice Verma Committee's report may now come around for discussion only in the Budget Session. The committee was set up on 23 December with a mandate to review the present statute so as to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault. The committee has to submit its report in 30 days.
Anti-rape laws will be given priority in the Budget Session of Parliament, which is likely to begin mid-February, sources said. They could be taken up on the first day of the session itself, the sources added.
The Opposition wanted a special session of Parliament to pass stringent laws on crime against women. In response, the government on Monday said the decision could be taken after Justice Verma Committee presents its recommendations.
The main Opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had on Monday reiterated its demand for a special session of Parliament, asking the government to devote 2013 to strengthen all laws related to the safety of women. Trinamool Congress party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also extended her support for the special session.
This comes even as protests have broken out across the country against the heinous gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedic student, who lost her battle for life on December 29 due to massive injuries inflicted upon her by half-a-dozen men in a moving bus in New Delhi.