New Delhi: Concerned over growing violence against women, a Plan panel committee has suggested that the government should enact a separate law to deal with the menace of "horror killings" and amend other laws to empower women.
The Planning Commission Working Group on `Women`s Agency and Empowerment` for the 12th Plan has also suggested changes in family laws so that even the live-in couples can get equal rights to property.
Headed by Secretary in the Ministry of Women & Child Development, the Group also recommended modification in laws to deal with the menace of rape and dowry deaths, besides strengthening of maternity benefit schemes.
With regard to horror killings, the Group has recommended that a standalone law be enacted to punish those who harass and kill young couples.
It has also suggested that "safe homes should be provided where the couples can seek refuge...publically glorifying any harassment and killing in the name of honour or `izzat` should be prohibited."
The Working Group has pitched for a comprehensive Right to Marital Property Act under which married couple or couple living together can enjoy equal rights.
The proposed law, the group said, should be applicable to all communities and "all the movable and immovable assets that a married couple or a couple living together have acquired, (be treated) as joint property, which can be divided at the
time of separation/desertion, regardless of who has bought the property".
The recommendations of the Working Group will be taken on board by the Planning Commission while chalking out the strategy for the 12th Plan which begins from April 1, 2012.