NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian panel has presented a report to the government recommending changes in the law and criminal procedures to protect women in the wake of a fatal gang rape in New Delhi last month.
The three-member panel was set up by the government following an outpouring of anger sparked by the rape.
Retired Chief Justice J.S. Verma who headed the panel said Wednesday that strict punishment would act as a deterrent to prevent sexual harassment and assaults against women. The panel also called for reforms in how police treat rape victims.
The panel received more than 80,000 suggestions from activists and ordinary citizens for a complete overhaul in the criminal justice system’s treatment of violence against women.
The suggestions are expected to lead to amendments in criminal laws.