Indian Panel Pushes New Rape Laws

  • On the eve of the trial over a gang rape that incensed India and fueled many protests through the last month, a government panel has rejected death penalty and recommended strict enforcement of sexual assault laws. The Verma panel suggested that the country commit to speeding up rape trials and offer women enhanced protection in cases of rape, assault and stalking. Following the brutal assault on a 23 year-old girl in New Delhi and her subsequent death, the panel was set up and received over 80,000 suggestions to improve the system’s treatment of rape. The five accused are scheduled to face trial on Thursday and a juvenile accused is likely to be handled separately.

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