Anti-rape law: How PM's inaction shocked Justice Verma

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Manmohan Singh with Justice Verma
New Delhi, Jan 25: Days after submitting his much awaited report on anti-rape law, Justice JS Verma expressed his disappointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the latter's "inaction" to control the grave situation in the country during protest against Delhi gang-rape.

"If I can do it without any infrastructure; the PM has all facilities, why can't he do it?" asked Justice Verma while comparing his situation with the prime minister's while it comes on complete an important report within a short period of time.

"If we can in 29 days gear up a bunch of youngsters to perform this exercise, and the government can't with all its might, then it would be exposing itself to criticism of lack of capacity to govern," said the Justice Verma during an interview with a news TV channel.

"Is it a wonder that rapes continue to happen? We said if there are insensitive people holding high office (DGPs), it should be reviewed. You do not make laws for a particular case; you make laws for general application," he added.

Justice Verma Committee submitted its 631-page report to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday, Jan 23.

The three-member committee was formed in the aftermath of the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in the national capital on Dec 16, 2012. The Verma committee received around 80,000 suggestions from across India.

The panel was headed by former Chief Justice of India JS Verma. The other members of the committee were Justice (Retd) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court and former Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramaniam. The three-member Justice Verma panel was set up to suggest tougher laws for crimes against women.

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