A National Seminar on “Emerging Trends in the field of law with special reference to Rights of Women and children in India” was organized by the Department of Law, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar on 6th and 7th March of 2010. A number of research papers and articles were presented by the learned delegates who came from different universities of the country.
Justice Hemant Gupta of Punjab & Haryana High Court presided over the inaugural function while key note address was given by Prof. Virender Kumar of National Judicial Academy Chandigarh. Prof. AS Brar, Vice Chancellor of the university pointed out the loopholes in the present criminal justice administration in his welcome address. Prof. Gurjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor of National Law University addressed the valedictory session. This seminar was organized on the initiative of Dr. Jaspal Singh, Head of Department of Law of the University with active cooperation and support by Prof. Rajinder Pawar, Prof. Viney Kapur and Prof. Rattan Singh of the Department.
Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, an officer of Punjab Cadre of Indian Police Service, presented papers on the following two topics:
- Human Rights of Women Prisoners
- Safeguarding the rights of women and children: An initiative by Amritsar Police
On the first topic, the officer highlighted the living conditions of women prisoners from the human rights perspective with specvial reference to Amritsar Central Jail. He stressed upon the pressing need of separate institutions for the women prisoners so that they cannot be put in the common jails. He also recommended to post women gynecologists for the women prisoners. He also suggested that the guidelines given by the Supreme Court of India in RD Upadhyay vs. State of Andhra Pradesh and Others should be enforced to safeguard the rights of women inmates.
On the second issue, he highlighted the efforts made by Amritsar Police during the last two years in safeguarding the rights of women and children. He described the role as well as feedback of newly set up Women & Child Helpline, Juvenile Police Unit, PRO system, Family Counselling Cell and Special Investigation Unit of Amritsar Police.