New Delhi: The government has formed a committee of enquiry under justice Usha Mehra to reconstruct the events leading to the 16 December Delhi gang-rape, identify lapses by police and other agencies and fix responsibility for the crime.
The decision was taken Wednesday at a meeting of the cabinet committee on political affairs, finance minister P. Chidambaram told reporters in Delhi. The committee will submit a report in three months that will be placed in Parliament with the government’s action-taken report.
The retired judge of the Delhi high court will also suggest measures to ensure the safety and security of women, especially in the capital. The government has already appointed a commission headed by justice J.S. Verma to review existing laws, suggest amendments and speed up trials. This commission will submit its report in 30 days, after which the government will look at changing the laws.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet committee on economic affairs raised the minimum support price for wheat to Rs1,350 per quintal from Rs1,285, approved the disvestment of around 12% of Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd and increased the quantity of wheat allowed to be exported by Food Corporation of India to 2.5 million tonnes from 2 million tonnes.