Creating Responsive Criminal Justice System

The UN declaration mentions reviewing periodically the existing legislation and practices to ensure responsiveness of the criminal justice system to myriad situations of the victims. It also mentions promoting training activities for the same.

DISHA since the beginning wanted better implementation of laws and policies to happen, and so we havesignificant contribution in training various stakeholders of the criminal justice system such as Police, Judiciary, Public Prosecutors, Advocates, Para-Legal Volunteers and grass-root level stakeholders such as Police Patils, Alternate Dispute Mechanism (Tanta MuktaSamiti).

DISHA’s training session at Judicial Officers Training Institute (JOTI) Nagpur

With years of experience DISHA has become a regular at government training institutions such as Maharashtra Police Academy, Police Training Centers, Judicial Officers Training Institute (JOTI).

Further this year we progressed in this segment by collaborating with Additional Director General of Police to form a comprehensive training module on ‘Victim Justice’ for police which will be uniform all over the state as it will be used in our trainings at Police Training Centers (PTC) across Maharashtra.

The content of these trainings has been designed in a way that they explain practical utility of some victim oriented and crime preventive laws such as Juvenile Justice Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Child Marriage Act, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prohibition) Act, and some victim oriented schemes such as Maharashtra Victim Compensation Scheme 2014, ManodhairyaYojana, and recent Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/ Survivors of Sexual Assaults / other crimes-2018.

For Police Patils we explain how significant their role is in the system according to Maharashtra Police Patil Act and how with the basic information of other victim oriented laws and schemes they can contribute in crime prevention and victim rehabilitation to create safe and victim supportive environment at their villages.

Through this activity we have reached to around 21,500 personnel working and affiliated to the criminal justice system on the issue of ‘Crime victim’s Rights & Justice’.

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