National Law University, Delhi organized a one-day consultation to discuss issues in relation to offences against women and children so as to elicit suggestions to amend the relevant criminal laws. The discussion was called for in pursuance of a request from the office of the Member Secretary of the Group of Ministers constituted by the Delhi Cabinet for the purpose of amending criminal laws with regard to women and children. The event was coordinated by the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance, NLU Delhi.
Academics and lawyers who took part in the discussions deliberated on various questions relating to offences against women and children. The consultation was divided into four sessions. The first session was regarding issues relating to federalism and legislative competence of the Delhi Legislative Assembly; the second session focused on the reduction of the age of juvenility; the third session focused on issues relating to sentencing, and the last session dealt with the procedure of investigation, prosecution and trial in cases of sexual offences.
Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Prof. B.B. Pande, Prof. Ved Kumari, Dr. Mrinal Satish, Dr. Aparna Chandra, Dr. Anup Surendranath, Dr. Niraj Kumar, amongst others, led the discussions. A detailed report of the deliberations has been submitted to the Group of Ministers.