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Govt will pursue Justice Verma panel recommendations: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a letter to the three-member committee led by retired Justice J.S. Verma, complimented their ‘labour of love in completing the work’. (Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a letter to the three-member committee led by retired Justice J.S. Verma, complimented their ‘labour of love in completing the work’.)Premium
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a letter to the three-member committee led by retired Justice J.S. Verma, complimented their ‘labour of love in completing the work’.
(Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a letter to the three-member committee led by retired Justice J.S. Verma, complimented their ‘labour of love in completing the work’.)

The govt constituted the panel to suggest amendments to anti-rape laws

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the government will be “prompt in pursuing the recommendations" of the high-level panel that has suggested amendments to laws relating to crime against women to make them more effective.

In a letter on 30 January to the three-member committee led by retired Justice J.S. Verma, Singh complimented their “labour of love in completing the work", adding, “That the committee submitted its report within a short period of 30 days is testimony to your commitment and concern for the public good."

The government constituted the panel in the wake of the 16 December gang-rape in the capital to suggest amendments to anti-rape laws. The other members were former justice Leila Seth and former Solicitor-General of India Gopal Subramaniam.

On 23 January, the committee submitted its recommendations seeking minimum 20 years’ imprisonment for gang-rape and life-term for rape and murder, but refrained from prescribing the death penalty.

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