In response to furor and protest against the incidence of the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi, the Union Cabinet set up a Commission of Inquiry which will be headed by the former Delhi High Court judge, Justice Usha Mehra. It will also suggest steps to make Delhi and the NCR safer for women. to identify lapses and fix responsibility for the incident.
The Justice Mehra Commission will be in addition to a three-member panel headed by the former Chief Justice of India, J.S. Verma. The committee will recommend amendments in law to provide for speedier trial and rigorous punishment in “aggravated sexual assault” cases amid demands for death penalty.
The Centre rejected control of the Delhi police to the Delhi government saying the responsibility of law and order in the capital should remain with the Union government. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had demanded greater authority over city police after alleging that police officers had interfered in the recording of statement of the victim.