Reforms needed: SC judge on Delhi shame

Massive procedural reforms needed: Mother of three SC judge on Delhi shame

Legal ReformsWho can understand the plight of rape victim more than a female in the justice system with daughters? Angered and shaken by the Delhi gang rape, which has shocked the whole country, a Supreme Court female judge, Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, who is also a mother of three beautiful girls, said that evidence act requires major reforms. She called the rapists “cobras and beasts” and said that such people can only be prevented by some legislative action and that speedy justice to rape victims is slow and very hostile process in India. “Trial in cases relating to crimes against women needs lot of reforms. Recording of evidence of witnesses by the police should be done in the presence of a magistrate and made admissible in a trial,” she said, adding that this would not need witnesses to depose for a second time in a trial and would prevent them from turning hostile. “But this would require changes in the evidence Act,” she said

4 of the men who raped the paramedical student have been arrested while 2 other are on run.  Police sources said, they had decided to “punish” her for trying to stop them from attacking the male friend who was accompanying her.

Shalini Singh,
Gujarat National Law University,
Gandhinagar, Gujarat

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