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justice verma committee

23 April 2013

Former chief justice of India justice Jagdish Sharan Verma passed away yesterday at Medanta Hospital Gurgaon due to multiple organ failure, three months after laying the foundation for stronger laws on crimes against women in India.

Verma was the Chief Justice of India between March 1997 and January 1998 when he delivered the landmark Visakha judgement on sexual harassment of women at the workplace. He headed the panel on amendments to criminal law that was constituted after 23 December 2012's brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi.

On 23 January his panel submitted 630-page recommendations on the amendments, with Verma calling on the government to move parliament for a tougher law in its next session.

Verma was the first person to head the News broadcasters Association’s self-regulatory body News Broadcasting Standards Authority set up on 2 October 2008, and was also the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). [NDTV/DNA/Firstpost]

10 January 2013

NLS-not-towerAs NLSIU Bangalore students are due to meet the administration on Sunday about the extension of a campus curfew after an alleged rape in October, the student bar association (SBA) has proposed legal amendments to the Justice Verma Committee on women’s safety.