Shakti Vahini, a national level voluntary organization has conducted a Sensitization Programme on Child Protection and Violence against Women in collaboration with the Police Department today at the Faridabad Police Lines. The Programme was inaugurated by Sh. Anil Kumar Rao, IPS, Joint Commissioner of Police, Faridabad by lighting the lamp. During his speech he said that the Faridabad Police will give more importance to the issue of human trafficking and sensitization programme on this issue will be conducted in the police station level. He stressed on registering each cases related to human trafficking so that the issue can be monitored properly the law enforcement agencies. He added that Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) would be set up in every district of Haryana.
Ms. Hema Kaushik, the Protection Officer welcomed all the participants and the resource persons. She appreciated the Police for their proactive policing in the matter related to children and women.
Altogether 70 police personnel including SHOs and IOs of Inspector and Sub-Inspector rank of different police station of Faridabad have attended the programme. Mr. Ravi Kant, Advocate Supreme Court of India conducted the session on Juvenile Justice Act, Child Labour Act, Bonded Labour Act, Domestic Violence Act and Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act and the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
All the police personnel present in the programme showed their keen interest about the women and children. The Law Enforcement Agencies should know about issues connected to trafficking of women and children. It is an organised crime so it is extremely important for all of us to join hands in order to curb this crime. The need of strengthening of the restoration and repatriation of the victims was stressed. The impact of low sex ratio in Haryana which leads to human trafficking also dwelt at length. As a part of this programme a few recent case studies were also shared with the present gathering. Some of the case studies handled by particular police stations in Faridabad were shared by concerned police personnel themselves.
The workshop also focussed on the increase of child labour for Domestic work and the role which Police needs to play in combating it. The role of convergence of all agencies in Child Protection was stressed.
Advocate Kant also discussed about the JJB and legal aid. He requested the police officials to follow the guidelines of J.J Act very carefully and methodically. It was emphasised that the police should be very sensitive and affectionate while handling cases pertaining to children. It was requested to the police personnel to treat each and every child as their own child and they should never take J.J Act with any kind of fear or hatredness. They should try to come out with positive measures in order to fill the gaps. Police personnel present over there discussed the challenges faced by them while they deal with cases pertaining to children.
Domestic Violence remains one of the most prevalent yet largely invisible forms of violence. Contrary to the general belief, Domestic Violence is not restricted to certain social sections. Domestic Violence occurs in many forms physical, emotional, sexual, economic, verbal, etc. Woman faces Domestic Violence as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, or a partner in her lifetime. As per the NCRB Report 2003, 36.1% of the total reported crimes against women relate to domestic violence.
Advocate Kant said, “Violence affects the lives of millions of women and girls in all socio-economic classes around the world. There are different forms of violence against women like Trafficking in Women which involves both sexual exploitation and work exploitation of its victims. Domestic violence is another violation of women’s human rights. Violence directed against women by their intimate partners is an epidemic of global proportions that has devastating physical, emotional, financial and social effects on women, children, families and communities. Sexual Harassment is also a violation which causes great physical and psychological injuries to a large percentage of women in workplaces. Harassment intended for women in the workplace by their supervisors, fellow employees or third parties interferes considered as Sexual Harassment.”
The workshop was ended by vote of thanks from Ms. Hema Kaushik, the Protection Officer.
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