“Camp to broaden understanding of legal aspects”
A two-day legal awareness camp was inaugurated at the Gandhi Memorial Museum here on Thursday by M. Manohar, Superintendent of Police. The awareness camp is jointly organised by Social Welfare Department and District Legal Services Authority. Addressing the members of Social Welfare Department and police personnel on the occasion, Mr. Manohar said that the awareness camp was a much needed one.
The awareness camp would focus on three different subjects – Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, The protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006. Mr. Manohar requested the police officials to handle the dowry related cases in a careful manner and let there be no hasty conclusions; they should seek the help of Social Welfare Department while handling the case. There should be proper coordination among these departments in handling sensitive cases that could affect the familial life of people.
He also opined that adequate training should be given to the personnel who handle cases related to dowry and domestic violence. Speaking on child marriages, he said that the police should investigate the complaints in a meticulous way and curb the menace.
M. Jayalakshmi, District Social Welfare Officer, in her welcome address, said that the objective of the camp was to broaden the understanding of these legal aspects and discuss the various practical issues related to it. The sessions include elucidation on Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, general laws, The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and various social welfare schemes for women, children and the aged.