Former Chief Justice JS Verma Dead

Former CJI JS Verma, who headed the panel which suggested changes to the anti-rape laws recently, died of multiple-organ failure in the Capital on Monday. He was 80. Verma was the 27th Chief Justice of India. He headed the threemember bench of SC which in 1995 unanimously gave the ruling that ‘Hindutva’ and ‘Hinduism’ were synonymous and meant Indianisation. Verma later headed the National Human Rights Commission. On his antirape law recommendations he said in January, “the public mood is such that if they do not do it quickly, it (the delay) will be at their own peril.” The new law has, however, not stopped incidents of rape, which is now seen as mental depravation of society.

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