A series of recommendations to curb violence against women in India in the wake of the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman will require strong political action and judicial will if they are to be turned into reality, Amnesty International said.
A panel led by former Chief Justice of India J S Verma, appointed by the Indian authorities in December 2012 following widespread protests against the rape and killing of a young woman in Delhi, yesterday made public its recommendations.
Key points included comprehensive changes to laws dealing with crimes of sexual violence, and key judicial and police reforms to ensure transparency and accountability in those institutions, as well as a reiteration of the rights guaranteed to women under India’s Constitution
“The Indian authorities must follow up on their promise to give top priority to considering the Verma Committee recommendations. The Government must also actively initiate public education and other measures that need to be taken to change discriminatory attitudes towards women”, said Tara Rao, Head of Education for Rights, Spokesperson, Amnesty International in India.