Association of Indian Communists (AIC-GB) , The Indian Workers’ Association GB and other progressive organisations share the opposition by the CPI (M) to the issue of an ordinance in defiance of
the Verma Commission report and denial of Parliamentary input.

Along with The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M), AIC (GB) disapproves the ordinance issued by the
Central Government on the issue of sexual violence against women, on both
procedural as well as substantive grounds. When Parliament is scheduled to
meet in three weeks, it is against democratic norms to issue such an
ordinance. The ordinance rejects the Verma Committee recommendations on
issues like making rape a gender specific crime in the law, on increasing
the punishment to public servants guilty of dereliction of duty, of
increasing the punishment and also guaranteed compensation for victims of
acid attacks and is highly selective about the other recommendations. The
ordinance has thus done injustice to the Verma Committee report and appears
to be a diversion from the serious issues raised of State culpability
including on issues such as inclusion of armed forces in the ambit of
criminal law with a suggested amendment in the law.

As far as the death penalty is concerned, the category of rarest of the rare
cases is already part of the legal framework and would include cases of rape
and murder also, which has been reiterated by Justice Verma.