The committee was formed in the aftermath of the heinous gang rape case of Delhi in which a 23-year-old medical student was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. She died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 in the multi-specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
The Congress-led UPA Government, which has been forced on the backfoot over this heinous crime, has constituted a three-member committee headed by Justice Verma to give recommendations on amending laws to provide speedier justice and enhanced punishment in sexual assault cases.
The committee had earlier issued a notice seeking suggestions from the public in general, particularly eminent jurists, legal professionals, NGOs, women's groups and civil society members in a bid to provide quicker justice and stringent punishment for crimes against women.
The other members of the committee, constituted by the government, are Justice (Retd.) Leila Seth, former Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, and Gopal Subramanian, former Solicitor General of India.