Awareness of laws needed to prevent sexual offenses

Counsel's advice:G.Saravanan, centre, Principal District Judge and Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, speaking at the programme at Kundavai Nachiyar Government College for Women in Thanjavur on Saturday. P.Prabha, pricipal (in-charge), is in the picture.Photo: B.Velankanni Raj  

: Though there are laws to protect women, awareness of laws and self protection is more needed to prevent violence and sexual offences against women, said G. Saravanan, Principal District Judge and Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, here on Saturday.

Inaugurating a programme on ‘protection of women and girl children from sexual harassment and on the techniques of self defence’ organised by District Legal Services Authority at Kundavai Nachiyar Government College for Women, Mr. Saravanan said girls should make use of free legal aid. They should spread the message to all women and approach courts for justice in case of crimes.

Students appealed to the Judge to recommend to the government to start moral lessons in the school syllabus. Moral science is not taught nowadays in schools. It should be included in the curriculum, they said. The Judge assured to pass on their suggestion to government.

When students said there is delay in rendering justice in our country by courts, the Judge said the number of courts is not proportionate to the increasing population of the country. The government has now taken steps to increase the number of courts and is in the process of setting up fast track courts. This will solve the problem.

But at the same time justice should not be hurried without proper arguments and hearing both sides.

J.Shankar, Deputy Superintendent of police, said apart from teachers and police, parents should also play a role in protecting girls and women. Girls should also be truthful and transparent to parents.

T. Malar Valentina, Sub-Judge and secretary, District Legal Services Authority, said maximum punishment for rape cases is seven years rigorous imprisonment. When the victims dies, the crime will attract death penalty or life imprisonment. The Central government is considering stringent laws to deal with sexual offences against women.

P. Prabha, principal (in-charge) Kundavai Nachiyar Government Arts College, Chandra, Inspector of Police, All Women Police Station, also spoke.

More In