A webinar on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2015 – focusing on the rights of the victims” is being organized by SLS Hyderabad, on 27th March 2021, 4 PM onwards.
About the Organization
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.
Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCCJ), is one of the many centers of Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad that aims at specializing, tutoring, and disseminating information about the different facets of criminology, 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
Unlike the accused, the victims in India have virtually no rights in Criminal Proceedings, supposedly conducted on their behalf by the State Agencies. When state agencies fail to successfully prosecute offenders, as is oftentimes the case, victims are left to either suffer injustice silently or seek personal retribution by taking the law into their own hands. The victims face significant, and sometimes insurmountable hurdles during the investigation and prosecution of crimes. From 2006-2008, People’s Watch, a National Human Rights organization found that out of 6063 cases they monitored, almost 20% of the cases resulted in police acquiescence, where the police failed to act upon the victim complaints against other private individuals.
In spite of Constitutional and Legislative protection to ensure a competent criminal justice system, one group particularly affected by such procedural lapses is the Dalits. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, enacted to ameliorate the suffering of the Dalits, ultimately failed in many respects. A study of judgments delivered by various courts in Gujarat conducted by a voluntary organization in Ahmedabad reveals that in many cases, offenders are acquitted and set free due to the sheer negligence of police authorities and prosecuting advocates.
It is a weakness of our Jurisprudence that the victims of crime and their dependents do not attract the attention of the law. In fact, victim reparation is still the vanishing point of our law. In order to rectify this deficiency and to suggest reforms for the same, the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice has come up with a Webinar on “Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2015, focusing on the rights of the victims”.
- In spite of having a specific law to deal with the Rights of the Victims under the SC/ST Act, the crimes against Dalits are increasing at an alarming rate, what steps can be taken to ensure effective implementation of the SC/ST Act in order to safeguard the Rights of the Victims?
- In several cases under the SC/ST Act, the Police do not register the FIR and instead convince the parties to settle the dispute between themselves and this behavior encourages the culprits to repeat the crime again and again. What can be done to ensure that the Police Personnel don’t act unjustly? And should there be a liability on the Police if they fail to act justly?
- Cases under the SC/ST Act take several years to get resolved, hence the victim suffers severe trauma because of inordinate delays. Should there be special amendments in the law that ensure expedient disposal of cases under the SC/ST Act?
- In many cases under the SC/ST act the cases are not registered against the accused, stating that the Accused was unaware of the caste of the victim, hence he is set free as discussed in Daya Bhatnagar & Ors v. State. What steps can be taken to fix this loophole?
- Whether the Rights of the Victims provided under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act be extended to the General Public by inserting such rights under the Code of Criminal Procedure?
The webinar is open to all interested participants, students, lawyers, and law enthusiasts.
The webinar will be conducted online.
Interested participants can register through the link given at the end of this post.
Certificates will be provided to all the participants
The webinar is free and no fee is required to attend.
- Last Date of Registration: 26th March 2021 (11:59 PM)
- Date of Event: 27th March 2021
- Time of Event: 4 PM onwards
- Hamrutha Devaraj: 9444345607
- Kevin Jayaraj: 8695713397
- Nivetha Ravikumar: 7993408848
E-mail us at cccj[at]slsh.edu.in
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