Government will accord top priority to the implementation of Justice J. S. Verma Committee’s recommendations for dealing with crimes against women, Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said on Wednesday, emphasising the need for removing procedural inadequacies for speedy delivery of justice.

The government expects comprehensive proposals and it would do whatever deemed fit to improve the judicial process to achieve the objective of dealing firmly with crimes against women, Mr Kumar told reporters in Mumbai.

Failure of governance root cause of crimes against women: Verma committee

“The recommendations would be tabled before the Cabinet and later Parliament for constitutional amendments. Procedural inadequacies that lead to inordinate delays need to be addressed,” the minister said.

Mr. Kumar said the Usha Mehra Commission, set up to inquire into various aspects of the shocking incident of rape and brutal assault of a young woman in Delhi last month and suggest measures to improve the safety and security of women, particularly in Delhi and NCR, will also submit its report later this month or first week of February.

When asked about the demand for reducing the juvenile age from 18 to 16 years, he said the issue required to be considered given the changing social norms.

“We need to apply our mind,” he said.

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