The ordinance amending the law on sexual violence promulgated by the President is only a partial response to the Justice Verma Committee report, and if the government is not able to come up with a comprehensive response, it means it does not completely respect the report, social activist Kiran Bedi, said here on Monday.
Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of an event at Sri Krishna Institutions, the former IPS officer lamented the “cherry-picking” approach of the government and urged it to come out with separate ordinances on to other recommendations of the committee.
If the government were truly serious, it would focus on other reforms also and not only sexual assault.
“The committee has made recommendations seeking judicial, electoral, police, and educational reforms. It has also said that crimes occur only when good governance fails. Hence, the ordinance should have addressed [the issue of disqualifying] politicians involved in crime, and ensure that they do not get re-elected in the next election,” Ms. Bedi said.
When questioned about the differences that she and Anna Hazare had on the amended Lokpal Bill, she said that while she saw the bill as the beginning of more improvements, Mr. Hazare wanted all the improvements to be included before the Bill was passed.
She said the amended bill included the improvements suggested on the appointment of a Lokpal, tenure, and other appointments. There were other areas of improvement that were being sought by India Against Corruption. “But from nothing to something, it gives hope for more to be asked for. This has come about with the effort of the civil society”.