Consultative meeting to address violence against women and children held


Dimapur, May 3: A consultative meeting and sensitization programme with Police Personnel to address violence against women and children was held in Mon on May 2. It was jointly organized by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) and Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB).
Vrinda Shukla, IPS, SDPO Mon, whilst giving an overview of the current state of crime against women and children in Mon, reported that 4 adult rape cases, 3 murder, 8 Sexual Harassment, 2 grievous hurt, 2 of kidnapping women for marriage, 5 child rape, 1 child sexual assault and 2 child kidnapping have been registered since 2013.However, she observed that many cases go unreported because crimes are hushed up and the public resort to alternative forms of Justice – both of which are attached to filial and communal obligations and that sometimes obstruct the prevention of such violence.
Another existing trend is the problem of victim identification with regards to children being kept as domestic help in the cities. She acknowledged that whilst many are well taken care of, many others are subjected to abuse. Alcoholism, drug addiction, adultery and abandonment of wives are continuously leading to financial and emotional abuse upon the wives and children. Regular training and engaged leadership, she stated, are active components to remain updated about the laws and realities to respond to such crime effectively.
She acknowledged the need for better infrastructure and resources, specifically the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) being the basic requirement for active functioning of police services in the state.
Thavaseelan K, IAS, DC Mon further stressed on the need for sensitizing the stakeholders on such issues and existing government schemes, that it is not only the awareness but also an operative implementation that would lead to effective protection and rehabilitation of the victims.
Gracy Ayee, State Coordinator, SRCW, gave an overview of the new schemes initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, GoI- Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BPPP), Sakhi – One Stop Centre (OSC) and the Women Helpline 181.
Bano Vinito, Chairperson, NSSWB, pressed on the reality of “Justice delayed is justice denied”, hence encouraging the personnel to be more expressive and verbal in dealing with matters of violence against women, children regardless of societal obligations. There is a need for convergence amongst various stakeholders of society to effectively implement these schemes, she added.
Topha Konyak, Panel Lawyer, DLSA Mon, stated the legal services provided by the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority. Rethunglo Kikon and Lanuienla Imchen from Women Helpline 181, elaborated forms of violence and legal rights of women and children.
(Page News Service)