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PDLSA awareness prog with police

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/3/2020 10:03:17 AM IST

The Phek District Legal Service Authority (PDLSA) in collaboration with district police Phek conducted a consultative meeting/awareness in a matter of disclosure of victim of sexual assault/pre-arrest, arrest & remand, investigation & trials at DRDA conference hall, Phek on Monday.  

District & sessions judge and chairperson Phek DLSA Mezivolu T. Therieh spoke on right to free legal aid in pre-arrest, arrest & remand & criminal investigation and trials.
She highlighted that police and judiciary will lose its relevancy if “we fail to win the trust of the public by delivering justice without delay.” She said that court and police should see that provisions of law were implemented be it for the accused or victims of crimes.
She stated that Article 21 of the Constitution of India guarantees right to free legal aid and assistance to accused persons and that it is essential that access to justice is available at all stages of the criminal process. She also touched on the provisions of arrest under Section 41, 41 B and 41 D of Code of Criminal Procedure. She said that while arresting women, procedures should not overlap and due care should be taken.
Superintendent of Police, Phek Vesupra Kezo speaking on the topic for Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and its Amendment Act 2019 mentioned that 90% of POCSO cases went unreported. He therefore urged the police to take such reported cases of children very seriously and stated that non-registration of such cases entails punishment under the Act.
He informed that the Act is meant for children of both sexes and mentioned that in no way should the identity of the victim be disclosed nor lower the child’s reputation. 
He also informed the police about the child welfare committee, the juvenile justice board and the state commission for protection of child rights.
Programme was chaired by Keneinuo Swuro, project assistant PDLSA.
Altogether, 23 police officers, officers in-charge and investigating officers from all the 6 (six) police stations under Phek district attended the programme.

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