Delhi High Court: The Division Bench comprising of ACJ Gita Mittal and C. Hari Shankar, J., while addressing the petitions concerning the constitution of a committee regarding preventive measures to control incidents of rape, stated that “Steps for reformation of convicts in cases involving sexual violence is the real need of society.”
The petition included two significant points, first being in public interest assailing Section 6 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 prescribing death penalty as punishment for gang rape of girls under the age of 12 years. The second pointer dealt with the constitution of a committee that would come out with preventive measures to control the incidents of rape.
Further, the Court stated that there cannot be any objection to the constitution of a committee to consider the issues relating to sexual violence and the aspect of steps for reformation of convicts in cases involving sexual violence is the need of the society. Amicus Curiae Dr Aparna Chandra, Assistant Professor, NLU Delhi suggested the members to be appointed in the committee and the High Court duly considered the suggestion of the amicus curiae by directing the same to be constituted. [Social Action Forum for Manav Adhikar v. Union of India,2018 SCC OnLine Del 10338, Order dated 31-07-2018]