WAIT FOR PANEL REPORT; GOVT TO OPPN ON SPE­CIAL HOUSE SES­SION

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: Even as the BJP de­manded a spe­cial ses­sion of Par­lia­ment to dis­cuss laws on rape on Mon­day, the Cen­tre said it would con­sider the de­mand of a ses­sion or all-party meet only af­ter re­ceiv­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of panel headed by Jus­tice JS Verma on the sub­ject.

“A spe­cial ses­sion of Par­lia­ment makes sense only when the report is re­ceived by the government,” Union fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram told re­porters.

“…We have to pass a more ef­fec­tive law both for ap­pre­hend­ing peo­ple and pun­ish­ing peo­ple and for the pro­ce­dural as­pects.”

Min­is­ter of state for home, RPN Singh, too said the government would await the panel's report be­fore tak­ing any de­ci­sion on con­ven­ing an all-party meet­ing to dis­cuss the rape law is­sue.

Even as she made this de­mand, se­nior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj told a Delhi BJP con­do­lence meet for the 23-yearold Delhi rape vic­tim: "We feel that if a mur­der takes place af­ter kid­nap and rape, then death penalty should be the only pun­ish­ment."

The Verma panel — also com­pris­ing Jus­tice Leila Seth and former so­lic­i­tor gen­eral Gopal Subra­ma­nium — has in­vited sug­ges­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, lawyers, NGOs, hu­man rights and women or­gan­i­sa­tions on mak­ing strong laws till 5 Jan­uary.

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