At the end of her 10-day trip to India,UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women,Rashida Manjoo,Wednesday,said that in translating the J S Verma Committee report into a law to protect women,India lost its golden moment. She said the government digressed from the report on vital points like marital rape,age of consent and treatment of lesbians.
It is unfortunate that the opportunity to establish a specific equality and non-discrimination rights legislative framework for women,to address inequality and discrimination and to protect and prevent violence against women was lost, Manjoo said. She opposed death penalty for rape and said nowhere has it proven to be a deterrent.
Manjoo will submit her report to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014. She said the AFSPA,Public Safety Act,National Security Act and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act should be repealed as they perpetuate impunity by giving state protection to the perpetrators of human rights violation.