Women demand ‘Uniformity Of Rights’ not Uniform Civil Code
It is important to place gender concerns within the rubric of secularism and minority rights, and not pose one against the other. We demand Uniformity Of Rights’ through ‘reform from within’ so that women can truly access these rights with the support of their community. We therefore request organisations to oppose the demand of UCC.
You can either pen your own words or use the enclosed draft and replace the highlighted section with a note about your organisation. Print on your letter head and email or courier the same to Law Commission. We need to send this by 21st November which is the last date for receiving comments.
Enclosed is a draft of the letter.
Mumbai Police Women Officers Training on “Recording a Victim Statement”
As per directions from Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, RAHAT (collaboration between Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. of Maharashtra and Majlis Legal Centre) conducted a six-hour interactive training for Women Police Officers which included case studies and situational problems.
The sessions for the training were as follows:
- Introduction by Addl Commissioner of Police and Adv. Flavia Agnes
- Pre Training Evaluation to understand existing knowledge
- Understanding the Law: The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and The Criminal Amendment Act, 2013
- Case studies and group discussion to provide practical knowledge
- Critique of actual Victim Statements recorded by officers of the Mumbai Police
- Police First 24 Hour Response with regards to recording the FIR, Victim statement, Medical Examination and CWC
- Standard Operating Procedures while recording and investigating cases of sexual violence.
- Assisting the Victim in Court
- Interaction with Stakeholders and Important Information:
- Post Training Evaluation to understand learning and benefits of the training.
Mumbai Suburbs Networking Meeting under the Domestic Violence Act
Date: 8th January 2015 Time:12.00.a.m to 3.00.p.m.
Location: Chota Sion Hospital, Dharavi, Mumbai.
Participants: Protection Officers and Supervisors. Representatives from Public Hospitals, Police Stations, Legal Aid, Service Providers, Shelter Homes and NGOs from Mumbai Suburbs.
The Department of Women and Child Development and Majlis Legal Centre have initiated a pilot project ‘MOHIM’ in Mumbai Suburbs to help Protection Officers implement their role under the Domestic Violence Act.The meeting was called by District Women and Child Officer, Mumbai Suburbs and it aimed at bringing all stakeholders under the DV Act to interact with each other, discuss challenges and ways for future collaboration.
The DV Act requires all stakeholders to coordinate in order to provide holistic support to the aggrieved woman. However most stakeholders are unaware of their own role as well as the role of other stakeholders.Lack of coordination often causes problems to the aggrieved woman.
In August 2014 Government of Maharashtra and the Bombay High Court have approved the ‘Maharashtra State Domestic Violence Handbook’ that contains Protocols, Best Practices and Reporting Formats for each stakeholder under the Act.
Maharashtra State Consultation to Review The Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 8 and 9 August, 2014
“The children are the stakeholders...we are the duty bearers and should do our duty to the best of our ability”, was the message given by Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Mr. Mohit Shah, while inaugurating the State Level Consultation to Review the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
The consultation was organized by the Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) Government of Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR), UNICEF (Maharashtra) and MAJLIS Legal Centre. It brought together the Government (WCD, Health and Law and Judiciary departments), Judges from the High Court, Sessions Courts, Public Prosecutors, Advocates, Police, Medical and Forensic professionals, both public and private, members of the Child Welfare Committee and Juvenile Justice Boards from across Maharashtra.
The other dignitaries present at the inaugural were Hon’ble Justice V. M. Kanade, Judge, Bombay High Court, Mr. Ujjwal Uke, Principal Secretary, WCD and Adv. Flavia Agnes, Director, Majlis Legal Centre.
Justice Kanade emphasized the need for evolving a well coordinated convergent model among stakeholders so that there is clarity in the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder and the child victim of sexual violence is duly protected while navigating the criminal justice system.
Mr. Ujjwal Uke took pride in the fact that Maharashtra has taken the lead in organising this innovative meeting where all stakeholders across various districts involved in implementing the Act will deliberate upon the challenges faced. The gaps can be highlighted and an effective victim centric model can be evolved.
Ms. Flavia Agnes, consultant, RAHAT, a collaborative project of the Department of WCD and Majlis Legal Centre which provides support to survivors of sexual violence in Mumbai said, “We need to move away from measuring success by conviction rates and move towards a survivor centric approach while dealing with sexual crimes.” She emphasized the need to evolve a support mechanism under the Department of Women and Child to help the child to negotiate the formidable and daunting criminal legal system.