‘Proper investigation vital in rape cases’

Sakal Times
Sunday, 11 February 2018

Pune: A one-day workshop was organised by Maharashtra State Women’s Commission and Stree Aadhar Kendra to sensitise various stakeholders while dealing with rape and child abuse cases. The workshop was held at Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) on Sunday.
Speaking at the workshop, MLC Neelam Gorhe said that implementation of the law is very important, however it is lacking.

Pune: A one-day workshop was organised by Maharashtra State Women’s Commission and Stree Aadhar Kendra to sensitise various stakeholders while dealing with rape and child abuse cases. The workshop was held at Mahratta Chamber Of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) on Sunday.
Speaking at the workshop, MLC Neelam Gorhe said that implementation of the law is very important, however it is lacking.

“We have understood that after filing the First Information Report (FIR), the birth certificates of the victims are not taken by the police, which further causes problems while presenting the case. Also, when the victim is below 18 years, the child is taken for a special court hearing. However, the court is not custom-made for the children which leaves a very negative impact on them,” said Gorhe.

She added that domestic violence cases take more than two months till the verdict is out. “These cases should take not more than two moths according to law. Moreover, in all these cases, the victim is asked to give the statement many times which becomes emotionally distressing for the victim,” said Gorhe.

Also present for the workshop was activist Trupti Desai. She said often, the Women’s Commission is not able to reach the rural parts of the state. “In such a case, many cases go unnoticed. Victims from the rural parts need more guidance and assistance in order to file a case and stay strong during the court hearing,” said Desai. 

Speaking during the workshop, Advocate Ujjwala Pawar said a panel of lawyers should be made so that these cases are drafted in a better way giving justice to the victim early.

“The role of lawyers is very important as they present the case in the court. But they can present the case better only when the investigation is done properly. Chemical analysis and swab samples are very important in strengthening the case. As also making the victim feel safe. These factors contribute in making the case stronger,” said Pawar.

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