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Head of Indian Rape Law Panel Dies

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The architect of India's tough new anti-rape law has died.

Jagdish Sharan Verma, India's former chief justice, died Monday of multiple-organ failure. He was 80 years old.

Verma was the chairman of a government panel established to examine the Indian criminal justice system's treatment of violence against women in the wake of the fatal gang rape in New Delhi in December.

Many of the panel's recommendations were included in the new law approved by parliament earlier this year.

Verma was also the former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission and the first chairman of the the News Broadcasting Standards Authority.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says Verma had been generous in giving him advice which the prime minister says he will miss.

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