Below are the highlights of his interview:
- You need the right people to frame tougher laws
- Mr Chidambaram approached me. Obviously, it must have been at the behest of the Prime Minister. PM's authority must outweigh what individual minister thinks.
- Is the government is unable to act, it is exposing itself to criticism on its lack of capacity to govern.
- If I can do it without any infrastructure, why can't the PM, with all the facilities, do it?
- 15 years have passed from the time the constitutional validity of AFSPA was upheld. When I was in the NHRC, there were complaints from women in Kashmir and North-East.
- Sexual assault is much worse than taking bribes.
- I feel sorry for anyone defending the need for sanction to prosecute.
- Review necessary in places where insensitive people are holding a high office (DGPs).
- You do not make laws for a particular case, you make laws for general application.
- All the women's groups, with whom we interacted, unanimously said no to the death penalty and no to castration.
- Creating a new offence
- Life imprisonment is stricter and certainly not irreversible like death penalty.
- Look at the practical aspect; we have to provide another machinery to monitor this.
On juvenile age:
- Shocking to see what children go through in juvenile homes.
- Society is responsible for their abnormality.
- We can't focus on a single case and make a general law. There will be exceptions.
- As long as you need to have a cut-off date, you will have some falling on this side of the line and some on the other.
- Police has to focus more on prevention - we have tried to make suggestions for eradication of root cause of the malady.
- We have not spared the judiciary
- Whenever there are large delays, crimes increase
- Every court should be a fast track court
- Judges who do not perform should go
- Sitting judges should deal with current cases (cases in past one year) and ensure that cases don't remain pending.
- Increase the age of retirement for everyone - from judges to peon.
- Increase the working hours in courts.