Justice J.S. Verma, who headed a committee to review laws after the Delhi gang-rape, Wednesday said there was a need to "learn from the youth" who led a "peaceful protest" against the incident.
"It was the young who were conscious that gender inequality has to be done away with," the former chief justice of India said at a press conference here after submitting his report.
"Even when there was provocation, they did not react and remained calm. It was a humbling experience for all of us who are of an older generation," he said.
"They reminded us of our older generation. This is the real hope of the country. This is the brightest future, the brightest aspect of this entire exercise," Verma said.
"The kind of satisfaction I have had in being involved in this exercise is not matched by anything else," he said.
"If they had not made the effort, this issue would have not come up. The issue was raised in a big way by the youth of this country who have shown the way how good governance can be achieved," he added.
"They have done it in such a mature manner that even at my age I thought it was something which is a big experience for me," he said.
The Justice Verma Committee was set up to suggest ways to make rape laws stronger.