New Delhi: Union Women and Child Development
Minister Krishna Tirath Tuesday discussed the Lakhimpur rape-and
-murder case with Home Minister P Chidambaram and said he has
taken note of many such cases coming to light in recent times.
The Centre wants to amend the definition of rape to make
the law against it more stringent, she told reporters after
the meeting. "A committee is already working on this and after
its report comes, suitable steps will be taken," Tirath said.
She discussed the issue of the alleged rape and murder of
a 14-year-old girl at a police station in Lakhimpur district.
Chidambaram noted that many cases of such nature are coming to
light these days, the minister said.
Terming the Lakhimpur case as a "very serious matter",
Tirath had yesterday accused the state government of being
"insensitive" and said the Centre must intervene.
"I have also written to the National Commission for Women
to probe the matter and after they give a report, action will
be taken accordingly," she had said.