Architect of anti-rape law Justice JS Verma passes away aged 80

Former Chief Justice of India Jagdish Sharan Verma, who headed the panel to review laws on crimes against women, passed away on Monday.

FP Staff April 23, 2013 14:40:07 IST

Former Chief Justice of India Jagdish Sharan Verma, who headed the panel to review laws on crimes against women, passed away on Monday.

Architect of antirape law Justice JS Verma passes away aged 80

Justice JS Verma. IBNLive

Verma, 80, was admitted to Medanta hospital in Gurgaon and suffered multiple organ failure.

The former chief justice of India headed the three member Verma Committee on anti-rape law and recommended a slew of changes to protect women from sexual violence in light of the 16 December gangrape in the national capital. The report was submitted in just 29 days.

Justice Verma was the 27th Chief Justice of India from March 25, 1997 until his retirement on January 18, 1998.

Having completed his early education in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, Verma began his legal career in 1955 when he was appointed as a Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court in June-1973.

He began his legal career in 1955, and was appointed as a Judge of Madhya Pradesh High Court in June-1973.

He became Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court in June 1986 and also served as Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court from September-1986.

In June-1989, he was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, and became Chief Justice of India in January 1998.

Justice Verma was also chairman of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority.

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