New Delhi:  A former Chief Justice of India will constitute the Commission of Inquiry which will go into the gang rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here, lapses by police and measures to be taken to ensure safety of women in Delhi and other parts of the country.

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This was disclosed on Sunday by Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Dharmendra Kumar here at a press conference during which he also said the government has also set up a three-member committee, which has former Chief
Justice of India J S Verma as one of its members, to examine the possibility of enhancing punishment for rape laws.
He also said for fast track action in this incident, senior High Court lawyer Dyan Krishnan will be a Special Prosecutor and ensure that the trial is finished in a short time.     

On the demand for action against those responsible for not why the girl could not be protected, Kumar said, "a Commission of Inquiry has been set up under a very senior retired Supreme Court Chief Justice.

"The former CJI is going to inquire into the entire episode as to why this thing happened and why it could not be prevented and what measures should be taken in Delhi and the rest of the country to improve the safety of women and also even to look into whether there were lapses or not," he said.     

For enhancement of punishment for rape, he said the committee which was set up to look into the matter has Verma, Justice Lalita Seth and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam as its members.
"Within a short time, they will examine the possibility of enhancing punishment for rape laws," Kumar said.
On the youth groups' third demand for fast track action, he said lawyer Krishnan has volunteered to come forward as a Special Prosecutor and he will do a day-to-day prosecution in this matter and ensure that the trial is finished in a short time.
"All the main demands of the public have been met. So we have been requesting to maintain calm and peace and not be hijacked," he said.
Appealing for peace, Delhi Police blamed "hooligans" for the violence during protests against the gangrape of 23- year-old girl in a moving bus last Sunday night and said unruly elements have "hijacked" peaceful demonstrations.

Kumar said the government has met all demands of protesters and if they want to continue with their stir, it should be peaceful.
"There are many kind of hooligans who are part of this protest who are aiming at various kinds of benefits from this violence. We don't understand this violence and breaking of barricades and damaging vehicles when demands are already met.
"Hooligans have hijacked public sentiments and peaceful protest. What is the purpose? Please allow us to work on the issues. All the focus is now at this (containing this violence). Allow us to do our work," he said.
He said all the main demands of the public have been met and that they are requesting people to maintain calm and peace and "not be hijacked".
"I appeal to the public to maintain calm and peace because this peaceful agitation which was organised by 'janta' has been hijacked by anti-social elements. They have broken the law, they have damaged vehicles, damaged public property," Kumar said.
Delhi Police have also sent a report expressing similar sentiments to Home Ministry justifying its repeated lobbing of teargas shells and use of force against protesters at India Gate.
Sources said Delhi Police informed the Ministry that "some vested interests" had joined the protesters and were instigating violence.
"Every demand has been conceded. So now they should let us work. The way forward is if media comes forward and tells public that we should calm down, sit together, work in a manner and investigate properly instead of engaging the police. Media keeps on projecting lawlessness and more and more are coming out and engaging in this," he said.


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