Jamshedpur: The jawans of East Singhbhum district police and the members of the civil society today took a pledge to fight violence against women inside home and in the society. They took this pledge in a seminar cum pledge programme on violence against women organized jointly by the East Singhbhum district police and Yuva, Jamshedpur at SNTI Auditorium, Bistupur today.The seminar was inaugurated by the City SP Kartik S. In his address, the City SP said that there is a general lack of awareness about the Domestic Violence Act in the district. He said that this lack of awareness is the reason why no cases are being registered under this Act in the district. Due to lack of awareness, the people are forced to register cases, knowingly or unknowingly, under section 498 A and the Anti-Dowry Act.
The City SP directed all the police representatives from different police stations to add a column in their case registers to register cases of domestic violence. He also explained the different provisions of Domestic Violence Act.
He said that all the CDPOs are also protection officers of the respective areas. Cases of domestic violence can be registered with the CDPOs through the police stations. He also called upon all sections of the society to work together with sensitivity towards women and co-operate with the police in curbing domestic violence.
Jasinta Kerketta, Dy SP, CCR, said that she delves deeply into all the cases that come before her and she tries her best to ensure that homes are not broken and there is least impact on families. She also made public her mobile number and said that any woman victim can contact her directly on her mobile phone without any apprehension.
Eminent lawyer Sangita Jha apprised the audience about the laws relating to women. She said that at times victims do not get justice due to undue delay in the judicial process.
On behalf of civil society, Jawaharlal Sharma said that the cases of domestic violence are on the rise due to decreasing role of the elders in the family and due to undue influence of western lifestyle. He said that the issue of violence against women cannot be tackled only by the police.
The general public too would have to come forward to help police curb violence against women. He said that the police sometimes lose touch with the people and behave in a discourteous manner. This is the reason why the general public does not want to go to the police despite facing problems. He stressed the need for the police force to be more sensitive and courteous to the general people.
The member of women’s cell, Mrs. Anjali Bose gave details about the performance and role of the women’s cell. She narrated different case studies and talked about the successes and failures of the women’s cell.
The programme was conducted by Barnali Chakraborty, secretary, Yuva, Jamshedpur.
At the end, she also administered to everyone present in the auditorium an oath to fight all kinds of violence against women, within home and outside it.
The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Sanyukta Choudhary.
Earlier, the programme began with a welcome speech by Narendra Kumar, treasurer, Yuva.
Mr. B P Yadav, Dy SP (IB) and Chandmani Sawaiyan of Yuva, Jamshedpur worked hard to make the programme a huge success.