The Delhi Government on Monday announced that they will appoint a group of ministers who will examine the existing laws that can be amended to ensure death penalty or life imprisonment to those involved in raping minors. It also suggested lowering the cut off age of juveniles found guilty in such cases. It will also explore other possibilities of setting up special police stations.

This decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting, which was presided by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The final report will arrive within 15 days. This discussion on law and order situation came in the wake of two rape incidents of minors in the capital city .

Briefing the reporters, Kejriwal said a Commission of Inquiry will be set up withing a week to examine issues relating to women safety and that a list of rape cases pending in various courts of Delhi will be prepared to fast-track them.

“Since CrPC and IPC are subjects in concurrent list over which Delhi Government has executive powers, GoM will examine and submit a report on whether Delhi Government can set up special police stations to register and investigate crime against women in those cases where women do not get satisfactory response from local police stations,” said Kejriwal.

The GoM will submit a concrete proposal so that an amendment bill can be laid in next session of the Assembly. The Chief Minister informed that the Delhi government was ready to spend funds to set up new courts and improve existing infrastructure in this regard. The GoM will also examine whether the investigating officer can be held accountable in case there is a delay in filing charge sheets relating to cases of sexual violence against women, he said. The GoM will also suggest measures for expeditious delivery of justice.

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