SENSITIZATION CUM AWARENESS CAMP ON DOMESTIC VIOLENE ACT, 2005 & PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL OFFENCES ACT, 2012

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Roing, 26th May, 2016

A daylong awareness programme on Domestic Violence Act and POCSO Act was organised by AMYAA an NGO in coordination with ICDS Roing at the AMYAA training hall at Mayu-II on 27th May, 2016. A total of 40 women from different villages of Lower Dibang Valley district participated in the training. DD ICDS cum Protection Officer Smti Savitri Khamti in her introductory message spoke in details about the aims, objectives and importance of the awareness programme. She further added that by and large majority of the women and children continue to suffer from domestic violence and sexual harassments. Thus, it’s important for one to be aware of the Acts and know also the procedures and steps to be followed while fighting for one’s right and justice. While Advocate Ms. Rukmini Linggi spoke on the legal aspects of both the Acts, illustrating with practical examples and the legal procedures through which a victim can get justice.

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Roing DSP, Shri Habung Hailyang spoke on the role of police under the Acts and shared his experience on practical cases of offences committed before and after the enactment of both the Acts and the legal procedures of dealing with the cases. Giving examples, the DSP explained how civil offences are different from criminal offences. DSP Hailyang informed that after the separation of judicial system most ways of dealing with various types of crimes and offences have become much more systematized. Police deals mainly with criminal offences under various sections and clauses of the IPC and CrPC, he added. He also assured full support from the police department in dealing with offenders under the Acts and also urged victims to approach him when the need arises.

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Chairperson of Child Care Home, Smti Desai Linggi also shared her experience on how she rescued children in the past few years, who were victims of domestic violence and child labour. She informed that eighty percent of the local households have non-local children under the age of 14 as domestic servants, most of whom continue to live deprived of their right to education and often succumb to different kinds of violence and ill-treatments by the owners. Linggi further stressed that every child, irrespective of his/her background, has the basic right to food, shelter health and education. Member of Juvenile Justice Board, Shri Kotige Mena requested the organising NGO to include men in such programmes, so that they are also made aware of such Acts, and so that violence can be reduced from both the ends.

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Secretary AMYAA, R.K.Paul Chawang called on the participating women to be aware of the Acts for taking extra care in the upbringing of their children and do not fall victim to any kind of sexual offences. He urged the participants to make use of the available law in their defense and fight for their rights and justice under these Acts.

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