Tougher laws for crime against women to figure in Congress `Chintan baithak`
New Delhi: The issue of stricter laws for sex crimes against women and enhanced punishment to perpetrators is expected to figure prominently in the Congress `Chintan baithak` scheduled at Jaipur on January 18 and 19.
Indications to this effect were given by senior party leaders today at a time when the issues of gender justice have come to the fore in the wake of the Delhi gang-rape that has numbed the country.
The brainstorming session, which will be followed by a day-long AICC meeting on January 20, is being held when the opposition is stepping up the demand for an immediate action in the matter by convening a special session of Parliament.
The government has been saying that the decision on a special session could be taken after Justice JS Verma Committee submits its recommendations.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said a special session will make sense after the government receives the report of the three-member committee, headed by former CJI JS Verma.
The committee was set up on December 23 with a mandate to review the present statute so as to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault. It has to submit its report in 30 days.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has taken a proactive role making some key suggestions to the government for stricter laws on sex crimes against women and enhanced punishment to perpetrators.
She has held detailed consultations with some senior party leaders and legal experts on how to make more effective laws in the matter.
The demand for stern laws have gained momentum after the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim. The 23-year-old girl died in a Singapore hospital on Saturday and was cremated here yesterday.
Congress leaders have been making a strong pitch for measures like chemical castration of rapists, provision of capital punishment for the crime and maintaining a register of rape convicts.
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