SLS Hyderabad is organizing a Webinar on the topic “Oppression of underprivileged classes in criminal cases” on April 8, 2022, from 3 PM.
About the Organisation
The concept of ‘Symbiosis’ is nurtured by Dr. S. B. Mujumdar (Chancellor Symbiosis International Deemed University) on the principles of Vedic thought ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which means ‘World as One Family.
Symbiosis Law School (SLS) Hyderabad was established in 2014, inheriting splendid novelty, dynamism, and excellence in the education of Symbiosis International Deemed University, Pune.
The Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCCJ) is one of the many Centres of Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, that aims at specializing, tutoring, and disseminating information about the different facets of criminology, and forensic science, penology, and victimology to its students. CCCJ was established in March 2018 with an ambitious and enthusiastic furor to gain more knowledge about the fascinating world of criminology and its sister branches.
About the Webinar
How much power is too much power? What happens to those without any such powers? How does power give anyone the right to abuse or ill-treat those with none? From the smallest villages to huge metropolitan cities, one constant snag is the abuse of power in every field.
Here, we intend to focus on the prominent issue of police brutality, which persists worldwide, be it the George Floyd case in Minneapolis or the custodial deaths of a father and son in Tamil Nadu. According to World Population Review 2022, India is the 4th country with the highest number of police killings. Unfortunately, it has also not gone unaddressed over the years.
The renowned ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Miranda Vs. Arizona 1966, which emphasized that a person in police custody has the right to remain silent and have an attorney was to make sure that those charged with a crime know their rights and are provided with the opportunity to assert them.
The Miranda ruling created a significant impact worldwide and was followed by numerous other laws enforced to curb the unlawful use of force by the police. In the past few years, there have been several reported custodial deaths in India.
This raises how and why our most basic trait, humanity, seems to be lost amidst all this prejudice. Power doesn’t give anyone the right to deprive others of their basic right to life. In the recent popular film ‘Jai Bhim’, the protagonist is an activist lawyer who saves the honor and lives of thousands of tribal men and women vulnerable to such exploitation by the law. This character is based on the life of a real-life hero, Chandru, in the late 80s and 90s. This movie powerfully portrays social evils such as police brutality.
There seems to be no respite despite the number of reports being published on the increasing instances of custodial deaths and police brutality. With numerous laws to protect the rights and dignity of people, we still have a long road ahead toward the concept of equality and non-discrimination. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Points of Discussion for the Webinar
- How do the flimsy cases filed on the underprivileged and the illegal arrests aimed at a particular group of people stand the test of law in a court?
- Is there any remedy to speed up the trials for the underprivileged as it is clear given the statistics that they are being specifically targeted?
About the Speaker
Justice K. Chandru is an Indian advocate and former judge of the Madras High Court. As an advocate, he practiced both on the criminal and civil sides in the Madras High Court. He was made an Additional Judge of the High Court on July 31, 2006, and a permanent Judge on November 9, 2009.
Justice K. Chandru was a well-respected judge among the judiciary and is known for his judgments that impacted the lives of many impoverished and oppressed people.
The webinar is open to all interested participants, students, lawyers, and law enthusiasts.
Interested participants can register through the link given at the end of this post.
The webinar is free, and no fee is required to attend.
- Last Date of Registration: April 6, 2022 (11:59 PM).
- Date of Event: April 8, 2022
- Time of Event: 3 PM onwards
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