How much do you know about the Criminal Justice Process?

Lawyers Collective presents a guide for those dealing with sexual violence.

An analysis of the data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) between 2010 – 2012 reveals that the conviction rates for all major crimes against women under the Indian Penal Code have declined. For instance the conviction rate for rape has gone down by almost 3 % between 2010- 2012. This, despite increasing awareness amongst masses and a growing concern for women’s safety!

With that context, Lawyers Collective Women Rights Initiative has been focusing extensively on studying reasons for attrition and what deters survivors to continue with the Criminal Justice process. A major reason is distrust towards the system and unfamiliarity with the law. Therefore, we at Lawyers Collective decided to come out with a handbook titled “Locating the Survivor in the Indian Criminal Justice System: Decoding the Law”. The handbook attempts to demystify the law, identify the various stakeholders in the justice delivery machinery and points out the specific roles assigned to each. It also provides a comprehensive coverage of the survivor's entitlement introduced by the Criminal Law (Amendment), Act, 2013 and discusses the complementary changes brought in the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872.

The second publication is a handbook on Do's and Dont's for survivors of sexual violence titled “Engaging with the Criminal Justice System: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Violence”. The publication consists of some basic questions that a survivor often has to deal with and provides necessary answers, thereby assisting the survivors of sexual offences, in navigating the criminal justice system.

It gives us immense pleasure to invite you for the release of these important publications on 31st March, 2013 at the British Council, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi at 4pm. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of India (CJI), Mr. P. Sathasivam will be delivering a special address and will be releasing the publications. This will be followed by reflections from Justice Ranjana Desai, Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of India.

We request you or any reporter or correspondent you depute for the event to lend unstinting support to the cause of making criminal justice system truly accessible to all survivors and potential victims of violence. We will greatly appreciate if you could give this extremely significant initiative the due importance that it needs and deserves.

For further information, visit us on:

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Or Contact:
Ms. Philarisa S. Nongpiur,
Ms. Gayatri Sharma

We look forward to seeing you!

Yours sincerely,

Indira Jaising

Additional Solicitor General of India

Executive Director, Lawyers Collective.

For Agenda    click here

For Concept note  click here

For Invitation for 31st March along with Agenda   click here