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Voiceless, vulnerable must not be denied legal aid, services: CJI Khehar

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New Delhi, March 18: Chief Justice of India J. S. Khehar on Saturday expressed his disappointment over the current state of affairs in the current judicial system and said expeditious disposal of cases is the need of the hour, adding that the voiceless and vulnerable must not be denied legal aid and services.

Addressing the 15th All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities in the capital, CJI Khehar said, “No accused should remain unrepresented and legal aid should be given to everyone as and when required.”

He cited the dire need for reducing the procedures so that cases are solved in the earliest possible time, while adding, “Judiciary should make sure that cases are not closed with acquittal of an accused.”

Expressing disappointment over the guilty getting a free hand in many cases, CJI Khehar said, “Ours is a strange country, the bigger the criminal the bigger the outreach.”

“Never seen before a terror convict who failed up to the Supreme Court and in his review can get access to justice in the manner we extended,” he added.

He further expressed his displeasure over such cases and said such things make him think about the victim and his family who lost its breadwinner.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Law and Justice P. P. Chaudhary pitched for providing justice to the poor as well as strengthening the judicial system in the country.

“Legal services across the country should be upgraded. There is a need for more courts as several cases are pending for quick disposal,” Justice Chaudhary said.

Calling for legal awareness among people, the minister said the legal authorities should conduct seminars and conferences in this regard to inform the people about their legal rights.

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86% NCR residents cite lack of severe punishment for sexual harassment: Study

For the survey, 5,221 responses were collected from Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida to understand the factors and possible remedies of sexual harassment against women and girls in public places.

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New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Lack of severe punishment is considered as the most rampant cause of sexual harassment by 86 per cent respondents in the NCR region, as per as study.

The study, done by Indian Institute for Integrated Women and Child Development (ISI-WCD) and released by the Women and Child Development Ministry, was one of 18 projects the ministry had sponsored, between 2015-17, in areas like economic empowerment of women, skill development, child trafficking, nutrition management and others.

For the survey, 5,221 responses were collected from Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida to understand the factors and possible remedies of sexual harassment against women and girls in public places.

According to the survey, 84 per cent of the responsdents think that availability of pornographic materials on mobile phone is also a cause of sexual harassment in NCR region while 83 per cent believes it is because of easy access to social media site Facebook or the internet.

“Revealing dresses of women has been seen as the reason for sexual assault by 53 per cent, 35 per cent and 37 per cent by residents of Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida respectively while informal behaviour of women has also been seen as the reason by 49 per cent, 30 per cent and 70 per cent from the three locations respectively,” the study notes.

The study also revealed that 35 per cent of men and 50 per cent women have perceived sexual aggression in men as responsible for sexual harassment of women.

It is also found that 70 per cent of the respondents have said to face sexual abuse from work partners or colleagues, 63 per cent from office seniors, 48 per cent from friends and 38 per cent from teachers.

According to the study, 87 per cent respondents agreed that women suffer from verbal abuse, 88 per cent have suffered from physical abuse and 94 per cent stated that they are being stared at.

On enhancing safety for women in public places, 96 per cent respondents suggested that crowded buses or stations should be under constant camera surveillance, 93 per cent wanted public places well lit, 90 per cent prefers frequent police patrolling, 94 per cent said legal punishments should be made harsher while 92 per cent said judicial disposals should be made quicker.

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Naidu rejects criticism on impeachment motion, says decision not hasty

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New Delhi, April 24: Under attack over his decision on rejecting the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the decision came after over a month of due diligence and was not done in haste.

The decision was also in strict conformity with the provisions of the Constitution and the Judges Inquiry Act of 1968, he told a delegation of ten lawyers of Supreme Court who met him to compliment him on the order, sources said.

On Monday, the Chairman rejected the notice of the motion signed by 64 MPs seeking impeachment of Chief Justice Dipak Mishra on five charges of misbehaviour. He found the allegations were unverifiable and could not be acted upon.

Congress leader and former Law Minister Kapil Sibal, one of the signatories to the notice, on Monday attacked Naidu’s decision as “illegal, wrong and unconstitutional”, and “taken in haste”.

He also said that the MPs will challenge the order in the Supreme Court.

The lawyers said that the Chairman’s decision in time has saved the dignity of the office of Chief Justice Of India and the apex court.

“I don’t think it warrants compliments as I only did what was expected of me and in the manner the Chairman of Rajya Sabha was expected to conduct in such matters. Some Hon’ble Members of the House had a point of view and the right to express it while I had a responsibility cast on me. I have done my job and am satisfied with it,” Naidu said.

In an apparent reference to the criticism that he had taken the decision in a haste within three days of the impeachment notice given to him, the Chairman referred to the media reports for over a month about moving a notice against the Chief Justice of India and said: “I have since been working on the provisions, procedures and precedents in the matter given the serious nature of the proposal and its implications and the imperative need for a timely decision.”

The lawyers said that this was not the first case of such a notice being rejected by a Presiding Officer. They referred to a similar notice against Supreme Court Judge J.C.Shah rejected by the then Lok Sabha Speaker G.S. Dhillon and Justice Shah later becoming the Chief Justice of India. They also recalled that a notice for removal of Justice P.D. Dinakaran was admitted within three days.

The Chairman said that Section 3 of the The Judges Inquiry Act clearly required the Chairman of Rajya Sabha to look for prima facie in the matter for either admitting the notice or refusing to do so. A clear responsibility was cast on the Chairman in this regard and it would not be correct to interpret the role of Chairman as that of a mere post office. The chairman is required to act as a constitutional functionary which is a substantial responsibility.

The relevant sections says: “The Chairman may, after consulting such persons, if any, as he thinks fit and after considering such materials, if any, as may be available to him, either admit the motion or refuse to admit the same”.

Naidu referred to adverse consequences of constitutional functionaries not acting in time as in the case of defections in some states, resulting in subversion of the spirit of the laws.

He said Chief Justice of India is the highest judicial functionary of the country and any issue in public domain concerning him requires to be resolved at the earliest following prescribed procedures so as to prevent the atmosphere from being further vitiated. Issues raised in the notice mostly pertained to the functioning of the Supreme Court and they have to be resolved internally, he said, adding that any other means of seeking to address them amounts to interference in the independence of judiciary.

During the discussion, some lawyers referred to earlier media reports urging the Chairman not to sit over inordinately whenever the Notice was given and some now saying the decision was hasty.

Naidu responded, saying: “Freedom of expression allows that but ultimately truth prevails. I have done the just thing in the best possible manner expected of me.”

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Jammu and Kashmir: 4 millitants killed, 2 security personnel martyred in Pulwama encounter

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Pulwama, April 24: Four militants were killed, while two security personnel martyred in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral on Tuesday. 

One more terrorist killed taking the total to 4, said DGP of Jammu And Kashmir SP Vaid.

A joint operation was launched by the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Lam forest area of Tral following information about the presence of terrorists.

Sepoy Ajay Kumar of 42 RR, who was injured in the initial firing exchange, succumbed to his injuries at Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Badami Bagh Cantonment area here.

Latif Gujar of Jammu and Kashmir Police also succumbed to injuries, while the only militant killed in the gun battle has not been identified so far.

Reports had claimed two-to-three militants were engaged in the gunfight with the security forces in the densely forested area.

The encounter comes a day after Pakistan Army violated ceasefire at Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district.

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