Ordinance in no way “rejects” Verma report on anti-rape steps
Asserting that none of the Justice Verma Committee recommendations have been rejected, the government on Monday said the ordinance on sexual violence against women was promulgated to meet the “universal demand” for a law. It was done on the broadest consensus available at the moment.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the ordinance will act as a deterrent to criminals. He maintained that though all recommendations of the Verma Committee have not been incorporated in it, no suggestion of the panel has been rejected. He said a bill on the issue would come up for discussion in Parliament and a legislation passed after reaching the “broadest possible consensus”.
“The government hopes stringent provisions in the ordinance will have a deterrent effect on potential criminals till a new law is enacted by Parliament,” Chidambaram told reporters. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the ordinance on Sunday.
The Finance Minister, who heads the Group of Ministers on Media, rejected the view that the government had acted in a hurry on the ordinance issue and said the measure will have a deterrence on the criminals and that there was a need for promulgating it.
“We are dealing with a grave issue. I appeal to everyone to deal with it with utmost seriousness and sensitivity. I appeal to everyone to respect the legislative process enshrined in the Constitution,” Mr. Chidambaram said.
- Asian Tribune -