TAMIL NADU

Need for relief to victims of crime stressed

The Tamil Nadu Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, at the fourth biennial conference of the Indian Society of Victimology (ISV) in Chennai on Thursday. Others seen (from left) are: K. Chockalingam, president of ISV, S. Mahalingam of the Tata Consultancy Services, and R.K. Raghavan, former CBI Director. — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

The Tamil Nadu Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, at the fourth biennial conference of the Indian Society of Victimology (ISV) in Chennai on Thursday. Others seen (from left) are: K. Chockalingam, president of ISV, S. Mahalingam of the Tata Consultancy Services, and R.K. Raghavan, former CBI Director. — Photo: K.V. Srinivasan  

CHENNAI OCT. 3. The need to uphold the interests of victims of crimes and provide speedy relief to them was stressed by the Tamil Nadu Governor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, here on Thursday.

Inaugurating the fourth biennial conference of the Indian Society of Victimology (ISV) on "Cyber Crimes," he said that he had suggested to the Mallimath Committee (on reforms to criminal justice system) that there should be a role for the victims in trial; victims should have the right to go on appeal if the accused in a criminal case was acquitted and determination of compensation to the victims under Section 357 Cr.P.C. (order to pay compensation).

The Governor said that the conviction rate in criminal cases was "abysmally low" — in Andhra Pradesh it was 30 per cent. That being the situation, "obviously, we are not upholding the interests of victims." As regards relief to the victims of "cyber crimes," he said the situation was the same as that of the victims of economic crimes, which were a major source of concern in the last decade.

In this connection, he referred to the hardship depositors were put to after making investments in non-banking financial institutions and `nidhis' in Tamil Nadu.

"We know the fate of the depositors." In Western countries, the criminal justice system was evolving in the direction of providing relief to the victims. Speedy relief should be provided to them. This required changes in the IPC, Cr.P.C. and the Evidence Act. He requested the experts to make specific recommendations regarding payment of relief and compensation to crime victims.

The executive vice-president of the Tata Consultancy Services, S. Mahalingam, said that several of the problems relating to cyber crimes had to be discussed and solutions found.

The ISV president, K. Chockalingam, said that cyber crimes had no boundaries. The crimes could be against individuals such as harassment; could be property offences such as hacking, cyber frauds and against the Government such as cyber-terrorism. The problem was enormous and one of the reasons for the increasing trend was the absence of effective laws to check the menace.

The society's vice-president, R.K. Raghavan, said that the organisation was started in 1992 and since then biennial conferences were being held. Besides these, one-day symposia were conducted.

The Inspector-General of Police, Economic Offences Wing-II, Chennai, K.R. Shyam Sundar, also spoke.

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