The Centre wants to amend the definition of rape to make the law against it more stringent, she told reporters after the meeting. "A committee is already working on this and after its report comes, suitable steps will be taken," Tirath said.
She discussed the issue of the alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl at a police station in Lakhimpur district.
Chidambaram noted that many cases of such nature are coming to light these days, the minister said.
Terming the Lakhimpur case as a "very serious matter", Tirath had yesterday accused the state government of being "insensitive" and said the Centre must intervene.
"I have also written to the National Commission for Women to probe the matter and after they give a report, action will be taken accordingly," she had said.