Delhi gangrape: Commission to probe lapses on part of cops

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New Delhi, Dec 26: The Centre today announced that a commission headed by retired judge Usha Mehra will look into the lapses on the part of the police while dealing with the protests against the Delhi gangrape. Finance Minister P Chidambaram told newspersons here that the commission will submit its report within three months.

"Whatever we are doing now is only intended to demonstrate the government's serious intent on the matter that we will apprehend and punish the perpetrators. We will try and find out what went wrong and fix responsibility. We will also amend the laws as deemed necessary," he said. 

Besides probing the Delhi Police's response to the gangrape as well as the subsequent protests, the commission has been asked to recommend steps which will ensure the safety of women across the country. 

P Chidambaram

"Our prayers are with the family of the victim," Chidambaram said and appealed for calm. He described the gangrape of the 23-year-old paramedical student as a matter of shame for the central government and added, "we are trying to find a lasting solution to the problem." 

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