I feel ashamed, says Chidambaram
While Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde briefed the ministers on the developments of the past few days and the security measures taken by his ministry, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad spoke about the 23-year-old victim’s medical status.
Shinde moved the proposal to set up a judicial commission headed by former Delhi high court judge Justice Usha Mehra to suggest measures to make Delhi and NCR region safer for women and said it will submit its report in three months. This will be tabled in Parliament with a report on the action taken.
The commission will be in addition to a three-member committee headed by former chief justice J S Verma that has been given one month’s time to suggest amendments in law for quicker trials and more stringent punishment in “aggravated sexual assault” cases.
At a press conference later, Finance Minister P Chidambaram appealed to people to “believe” that steps were being taken to find a lasting solution to the problem “that has plagued all metropolitan cities”.
Chidambaram said it was a “matter of shame” that the incident happened in Delhi and admitted that the Central government has special responsibility. “It is a shame. As a man, I feel ashamed. All of you here in this room should also feel ashamed. Why do