Voice for Rights, Jammu, organized a ‘One-Day Conference on Crime against Women’ with special reference to Rape Law in collaboration with District Administration, Srinagar, HELP Foundation Jammu and Kashmir and College of Education, M. A. Road, Srinagar on Sunday. The conference held at College of Education, M. A. Road, Srinagar was attended by prominent lawyers, police officers, media persons, students, teachers and people from all sections of the society. Chairperson of the Voice for Rights, Jammu, Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat in her introductory speech said the conference was aimed at providing the highest level of training, information and strategies and professionals, who are responder and advocates to victi of crimes against women. She said her target audience was people employed by the government or non-profit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, social work, victim’s advocacy, therapy, probation or parole, campus safety and medicine who work directly with the victi of crime. “The goal of the One-Day Conference on Crime Against Women is to provide practical instructions, using current information, the newest ideas and the most successful intervention strategies, to those professionals responsible for combating the many and varied for of crimes against women,” Deepika said. An authority on crime against women, Prof. Ved Kumai Ji of the Department of Law, Delhi University, spoke about the need for community care for victi of sexual assault and delved on the issues of socio-legal aspects of rape trail and Criminal Amendment Act. Another expert on crime against women and Director Trainings, Lawyers Collective, New Delhi, Advocate Ujwala Kadrekar informed the participants about medico-legal aspects of rape trial, hospital care for victi of sexual assault, evidence and role of courts in trails of rape, police attitudes, proble in rape law and rape law refor. Advocate Faisal Qadri, lawyer Jammu and Kashmir High Court Srinagar spoke about rape cases in Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Amendment Act. On the occasion, Daughters of Mother India, a documentary film by Vibha Bakshi was screened on the occasion. The film reveals the aftermath of horrific rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi in December 2012, which led to country-wide protests. The conference was received well by the audience who showed eagerness in knowing about technicalities involved in helping the rape victi while tackling it legally. SDM Srinagar, Syed Haneef Balkhi; Principal Government College of Education, M A Road Srinagar, Prof. Maqsooda Khan; HOD Forensic Department, Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr. Farida Noor; SP Crime Srinagar, Sheikh Faisal Qayoom; Coordinator Women’s Study Centre College of Education, Gurmeet Kaur, were also present on the occasion. In her vote of thanks speech, Deepika thanked the District Administration Srinagar, Founder HELP Foundation Jammu and Kashmir, Nighat Shafi Pandit, Handicap International Association J&K Head, Mehran Khan, College of Education Srinagar and Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Board, Jammu Kashmir Government, IGP Crime, Kashmir, Muneer Khan and SSP Srinagar, Amit Kumar for extending support to organize the One-Day Conference on Crime Against Women. She also thanked Project Manager Voice for Rights, Jammu, Advocate Shazad Mir, Finance Officer HELP Foundation J&K, Imran Ahmad, Artist in College of Education, Munir Ahmad, Coordinator Voice for Rights, Jammu, Chandni Sharma, Volunteer Voice for Rights, Jammu, Neelam Kumari and Ashtami Singh for extending all out support to organizing the conference.
2015 Kashmir Despatch