60% arrests unwarranted,says book on human rights

Three books on juvenile justice,witness protection and human rights with titles...

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: July 19, 2010 2:53 am

Three books on juvenile justice,witness protection and human rights with titles — A Hand Book on Juvenile Justice; Witness Protection in India; and Human Rights and State Custody Law in India — written by Dr KP Singh,Inspector General of Police (Prisons),Haryana,and Chitrangada Singh were released here on Saturday. Om Thanvi,Chief Editor,Jansatta,New Delhi,released the books at Police Gazetted Officers’ Mess,Moginand,Sector 25,Panchkula.

Various legal luminaries including professors of law,advocates,medical professionals,police officers and representatives of non-governmental organisations were present on the occasion.

Introducing the Hand Book on Juvenile Justice,Dr Upneet Lali,Deputy Director,Institution of Correctional Administration,exhorted the police,judiciary and advocates to protect the rights of juveniles as per the provision of the Juvenile Justice Act,2000.

“Ignorance and lack of application of correct law and procedures have resulted into illegal arrests of almost 90 per cent of juveniles in conflict with law in the country,” Dr Lali pointed out. He also emphasised on the need of institutions like observation homes,special homes,home for children etc. as per the provisions of the Act.

Introducing the monograph of witness protection,Shatrujeet Kapoor,Inspector General of Police,Haryana,impressed upon the need to enact a law to protect witnesses so that the offenders of law are brought to justice speedily. “The problem of witnesses turning hostile in the courts is acute and common man is afraid of deposing against powerful and influential offenders,” Kapoor added.

Dr Singh introduced the book — Human Rights and State Custody Law in India. He pointed out that 60 per cent of arrests by police in criminal cases are unwarranted and can be curtailed. Quoting an apex court’s ruling,Dr Singh said,“The power to arrest is different than the necessity to arrest in criminal procedures. Arrest should be need based and not a mechanical exercise to be undertaken by investigative agency without application of mind”.

Releasing the books,Om Thanvi mentioned the urgency to apply the laws as it is and in correct perspective. “It is unfortunate that the rights of juveniles and arrested persons are being violated by those who are supposed to be their protectors. The government institutions and officers should be well aware of the laws and the procedures applicable in their respective fields. Ignorance of laws and procedures is unpardonable. I hope that these books would prove useful for the police,judiciary and advocates”,he added.

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