‘Now, govt must take action soon... youth won’t forgive if govt doesn’t act’
Speaking to The Indian Express, he said: “We were given a task that we have done to the best of our abilities... Now, it is for the government and the legislature to take appropriate action at the earliest. But, let me say that having seen the public outcry after the gangrape, I am certain of one thing: the youth will not be that forgiving of the government if action that has to happen at their level doesn’t happen. Those in power who forget and ignore the pictures and videos of young men and women braving the harsh winters to demand action will be doing so at their own peril.”
Incidentally, among the young law graduates assisting the committee, which was set up after the Delhi gangrape, was Preetika, Verma’s granddaughter. “She and many like her... worked tirelessly day and night because they expect a safer country for women and children. My London-based daughter and grandson, who is a student at Oxford, were calling each day and telling me how the entire world is waiting to see how we react to this crisis. I hope nobody is disappointed now,” said Verma.
Asked if he had sought an assurance from the government, before taking up the assignment, that the panel’s report would be implemented in a time-bound