Cong submits suggestions to Verma panel

The Congress Saturday submitted suggestions to Justice JS Verma Committee to check crime against women by making laws more stringent.

While the party was tight-lipped about the recommendations, a host of them were being considered by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who had held several rounds of discussions with party leaders in the wake of the Delhi gangrape.

A minister was learnt to have suggested to Sonia that in case of allegations of rape at workplace, the onus of proof of innocence should lie with the accused and that a rapist should be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison and chemically castrated.

The All India Mahila Congress had made seven suggestions to Sonia, which included death penalty in the rarest of rare cases. All police officials should be instructed that any complaint made by any person related to women's issues should be registered without delay. Cases of harassment against women should be disposed of within a specified period and dedicated fast-track courts constituted in every district to ensure speedy justice.

Apart from awarding capital punishment to the culprit, law should be amended to provide for attachment of properties/salaries of the culprits to pay compensation to the victim, the Mahila Congress suggested.

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