Justice JS Verma committee report : Timely but a bit softer
Justice JS Verma committee has proved to be a role model for other such panels and commissions and also for government as it finished huge task in just 29 days - day ahead of the deadline - that too by going through each of 80000 recommendations having reached to it.
Now it is for the government and Parliament to follow the example by legislating law on sexual crimes with same supersonic speed within forthcoming budget-session itself by going through all legal and Parliamentary formalities. Some of the strictures which do not need legislation should be instantly looked into like Justice JS Verma’s harsh comments on pat for Delhi
police Commissioner by Union Home Secretary.
However, the committee has tried to intervene in existing law by recommending lesser punishment of imprisonment for actual life instead of death-sentence for death caused after rape, when such a crime is already an offence punishable with death under section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). Such recommendation is rather goes in reverse direction to soften the existing provision which should have been avoided. With changing environments and earlier maturity in grown-up children, it is better to lower juvenile age to 16 years from present 18.
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