A Parliamentary committee examining a bill seeking to enhance punishment for crimes against women today recommended death sentence for rapists in case the victim dies or is left in a vegetative state.
The Standing Committee on Home, which adopted its report on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012 also agreed to replace the word 'rape' with 'sexual assault'.
Despite suggestions by several members, the committee decided against recommending a relook at the age of juveniles as the Home Ministry said the Women and Child Development Ministry was examining the matter.
Some members also opposed a recommendation on the issue saying without consulting experts, the panel should not rush to conclusions.
Going beyond its mandate to recommend changes in the bill, the panel has also suggested improving courts' infrastructure and said adequate funds should be earmarked for setting up fast track courts.
It said in case crime is committed by a subordinate in the knowledge of the higher officer and he does not take immediate action, then he should be held responsible and his omission should be recorded in his confidential report.
The bill introduced in Lok Sabha last December will be withdrawn to make way for a fresh bill in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament. The new bill will replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated earlier this month.
Notwithstanding the ordinance, the committee decided to study the bill and give its recommendations on a fast track basis so that these can be incorporated in the fresh bill.
Besides the 2012 bill, the panel had examined the Justice J S Verma Committee recommendations and the ordinance before making recommendations.
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