To sensitize the buddingprofessional lawyers about various issues related to Human Rights, Amity LawSchool, Noida in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission organizeda National Seminar cum Training Programme on “Human Rights – Towards Equality”at University campus, Sector 125, Noida.
Theaim of the seminar was to spread awareness about several aspects pertaining toHuman Rights in India amongst the budding lawyers, as eminent resource personalitiesfrom Legal Fraternity and Academia deliberate upon on various topics including HumanRights Institutions in India, Rights of Women and Children (Disability amongWomen and Children), HIV/AIDS and Right to clean environment.
The seminar was inaugurated by JusticeRajesh Tandon, Chairman Law Commission of Uttarakhand; Ms. Swati Maliwal,Chairperson Delhi Commission for Women; Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh, ViceChancellor, National Law University, Delhi; Prof (Dr.) D K Bandyopadhyay, ChiefAdvisor, Founder President Office and Acting Chairman Amity Law Schools; Dr.Aditya Tomer, Addl. Director/ HOI, Amity Law School, Centre-II AmityUniversity, Noida and Dr. Shefali Raizada, Addl. Director, Amity Law School,Centre-I, Amity University, Noida
Highlightingon horrendous crimes against young girls and women, Ms. Swati Maliwal, Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women sharedthat since 2012 till 2014, there had been 31,446 FIR lodged for crime againstwomen out of which there were only 146 convictions. She pointed out that many offendersare not afraid to commit the crime since the consequences for these crimes arestill not stringent. She stressed that most of the victims do not receivejustice because system or police often do not give a fair hearing or medicalevidence is often unrecorded which makes it easy for offenders to get away withtheir crimes. She further added that courts have reprimanded the investigating agenciesfor lack of proper investigation in many cases due to which convictions do nothappen which an needs immediate solution.
Ms.Maliwal apprised that Delhi has only one Forensic Science Laboratory wherein7500 samples are pending for tests out of which 1500 samples are putrefied. Sheinsisted on strict measures to be taken to clear this pendency as many samplescould be crucial evidence for dreadful crimes such as gang rapes. She said, “AfterNirbhaya incident, Fast Track Courts were established to speed up the courtproceedings but the sheer number of cases are so much that the courts areunable to function in fast track manner.” She stressed that everyday, 6 rapecases are reported in the capital and the cruelty faced by the victim doesn’t endthere but it continuous with the procedure of the system to get justice andappealed the upholders of law and system not to play politics on the safety ofwomen in their political agendas. She called upon the budding legalprofessionals to handle such cases with utmost responsibility and dedication toachieve rightful justice for the victim.
Speakingon the occasion, Prof. (Dr.) RanbirSingh, Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi raised concern overthe problems pertaining to human rights despite having edifice laws forprotection of human rights. He mentioned that though India has attained freedombut still after 70 years of independence, a section of society is deprived ofbasic rights and the existence of those individuals are invisible in the eyesof society, judiciary and system. “Every individual needs to raise their voiceagainst the injustice and be part of the movement rather than fightingindividually.” he opined. He urged the youngsters to be responsible citizensand said that the answer to problems is not tomorrow but is today as any actiontaken tomorrow might get too late.
Presentinga brief history on implementation of Human Rights, Justice Rajesh Tandon, Chairman Law Commission of Uttarakhand saidthat the fight for human rights commenced in year 1215 at England by the rightto travel which was enshrined in Article 42 of the Magna Carta and in year1688, the petition of rights came followed by US Declaration of Independence, Billof Rights and further French Revolution known as Rights of Man. Finally, on 10December 1948, Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. He mentionedthat in 1993, India was one of the signatory adopted protection of HumanRights. Justice Tandon emphasized that over the years, many movements have beenconducted to establish various rights for humans and it is requested tosafeguard them.
Addressingthe gathering, Prof (Dr.) D KBandyopadhyay, Acting Chairman Amity Law Schools advised the budding legal professionalsto have a vigil eye on the issues of human rights and urged them to be criticalon the problems of equality by bringing successful implementations at differentlevel of society.