Compilation of submissions to Justice Verma Commission
Nation-wide outrage shook India over the gang-grape and attack on a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on December 16 in Delhi. On 29th December she died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital. The Government of India appointed a three member committee of jurists, to look into possible amendments to the existing laws in order to provide speedier justice and stringent punishment in sexual assault cases.
Known as Justice Verma commission, the committee is headed by former Chief Justice of India, J S Verma. The other members of the committee are Justice (retd) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, and Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General of India.
The committee began its work on 24th December 2012, by issuing notice seeking comments and recommendations from the public.
Presenting a compilation of some of the submissions to the Justice Verma commission, mostly from women’s groups, NGOs, civil rights groups, legal professionals and educational institutions.
Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) –
Forum Against the Oppression of Women (FAOW), Aawaaz-e-Niswaan (voice of women) (AEN) Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action (LABIA), Mumbai – Submission
Women’s Groups of Gujarat - Submission
People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Submission
Partners for Law in Development, New Delhi – Submission
Women with Disabilities – Submission
Amnesty International – Submission
People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) – Submission
Takshashila Institution, Bangalore – Submission
Vrinda Grover, Advocate, New Delhi – Submission
Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore – Submission
Recommendations of round table of faculty and students of colleges and higher secondary’s in Goa organized by SAAD AANGAN in collaboration with Goa College of Home science, Goa – Submission
Student Bar Association, National Law School of India University, Bangalore – Submission
Hazards Centre, New Delhi – Submission
Azim Premji University, Bangalore – Submission
WOMEN’S RESEARCH & ACTION GROUP (WRAG), Mumbai – Submission
All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and Women’s Groups – Submission
Communist Party of India (Marxist) – Submission
Ved Kumari, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and former Chairperson, Delhi Judicial Academy – Submission
Rebecca Gonsalvez and Vijay Hiremath, Advocates, Mumbai – Submission
JAGORI, Delhi – Submission
Lawyers Collective and CEHAT – Submission
Aastha Parivaar – Federation of sex workers in Maharashtra – Submission
Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, Delhi – Submission