Full text: Recommendations of the Justice JS Verma Committee Report
The Justice JS Verma committee, set up to suggest ways to make rape laws stronger in the country, has submitted its report. Read the full text of the Justice Verma Committee Report.
The Justice Verma Committee today recommended enhancing punishment of upto 20 years imprisonment for rape and murder and life for gangrape but refrained from suggesting death penalty. The three-member Committee headed by former Chief Justice J S Verma submitted its 630-page report to the government suggesting amendment of criminal laws to provide for higher punishment to rapists, including those belonging to police and public servants.
New offences have been created and stiffer punishment has been suggested those committing it like leaving the victim in a vegetative state. The new offences include disrobing a woman, voyeurism, stalking and trafficking. The present law provides for punishment for rapists of imprisonment ranging from seven years to life.
The present law provides for punishment for rapists of imprisonment ranging from seven years to life. The panel, which was constituted in the wake national outrage over the December 16 gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi in which one of the accused six is said to be a juvenile, however, is of the opinion that the age of the juvenile under the Juvenile Justice Act need not be lowered from the present 18.
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Will the criticism of this legislation by the Justice JS Verma committee be the turning point in amending it to prevent sexual crimes committed by security personnel?
The Justice Verma Committee's sweeping recommendations on gender equality and legal changes will be almost impossible to implement in our overcentralised governance structure
Unless one sees a more robust demonstration of political will, both from the government and the opposition, the apprehension that the more far-reaching recommendations of the Verma committee report will be diluted will be reinforced.