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Forum seeks reforms

Change is the need of the hour.

As voices against the Delhi gang rape grow louder, city outfits are also trying to find a way to end the menace.

Jamshedpur Citizens’ Forum (JCF) has called for reforms in the police and judiciary and urged that government officials be made more accountable.

During an hour-long discussion at Sri Krishna Sansthan in Bistupur on Tuesday, JCF members decided to submit their proposals to a special committee formed by the Union home ministry on Wednesday. The committee led by Justice J.S. Verma had been constituted by the Centre on December 23 last year.

“The Verma Committee had sought suggestions from individuals, NGOs, womens’ groups and others by the first week of January. We would send our report on Wednesday,” said JCF senior functionary H.B. Singh.

Speakers including social activist Siya Sharan Sharma and retired bureaucrat S.K. Asthana voiced support for reforms.

“Making government servants accountable is very important,” said Asthana.

Advocate Murlidhar Kedia , however, urged that outlook towards women should change.

Stricter laws would act as a deterrent for perpetrators, added the advocate.

Educator Jyotsana Asthana suggested counselling, strict punishment and better policing as necessary steps. She also said that all cases related to crime against women should be disposed within three months.