Judge’s Family Denies Pride Was Behind Rejection of 3rd-Highest Award

NEW DELHI — The family of the late Jagdish Sharan Verma, the former Supreme Court chief justice whose report helped strengthen Indian sexual assault laws, said it had rejected one of India’s top awards for the judge because he would have never accepted it had he been alive.

Tasked with leading a committee to make recommendations on how to combat gender violence after the gang rape of a Delhi woman in December 2012, Mr. Verma delivered a report in a record 29 days, which would become the basis of tougher laws against sexual violence. Three months later, Mr. Verma died at the age of 80 from multiple organ failure…read it at The New York Times.

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