Indian prime minister says government will implement rape panel's recommendations promptly

India's prime minister says his government will act promptly to implement the recommendations of a commission on how to change laws dealing with crimes against women.

Manmohan Singh wrote to the head of the three-member commission on Wednesday to thank him for its rapid work and say its recommendations would be put in place quickly.

The panel was set up in response to the fatal gang rape last month of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi. The commission received more than 80,000 suggestions for ways to overhaul the criminal justice system's treatment of violence against women.

The brutal attack set off nationwide protests, sparking a debate about the treatment of women and highlighting the inability of law enforcement agencies to protect them.