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.
The Verma panel was formed by the government in the wake of brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in New Delhi on Dec 16, 2012. The victim died in a Singapore hospital on Dec 29, 2012.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday, Jan 30 wrote a letter to Justice Verma. In the letter PM said that the government will be prompt in pursuing the recommendations of JS Verma Committee to amend the law to deal effectively with cases of sexual assault against women. He also thanked the panel members for coming up with the recommendations within a short period of 30 days.
In fact, PM and his wife Gursharan Kaur have three daughters--Upinder Singh, Daman Singh and Amrit Singh.
His eldest daughter Upinder Singh is a professor of history at Delhi University. She has written six books, including Ancient Delhi (1999) and A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India.
Daman Singh is a graduate of St. Stephen's College, Delhi and Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, and author of The Last Frontier: People and Forests in Mizoram and a novel Nine by Nine.
His youngest daughter Amrit Singh is a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union.
The text of the Prime Minister's letter is as follows:
"I am writing to thank you, Justice (Smt.) Leila Seth and Shri Gopal Subramanian for your labour of love in completing the work of the Committee our government had constituted to recommend amendments in Law to be able to deal effectively with cases of sexual assault of extreme nature against women. That the Committee submitted its report within a short period of 30 days is testimony to your commitment and concern for the public good. On behalf of our government, I assure you that we will be prompt in pursuing the recommendations of the Committee."