Under the executive chairpersonship of Gita Mittal, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi, and the aegis of the Delhi State Legal Services Authority, Shreya Arora Mehta, judge, Delhi Judicial Service/ Secretary South District Legal Services Authority, has drafted a module on “Child Abuse and Violence- Interpersonal and Digital World” (age group 14 to 18 years).
On Thursday, a training of trainers was convened at Seminar Hall, Saket District Court, which included judges, lawyers and teachers, by Shreya Arora Mehta and Geetanjali Goel, both working with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority. Subsequently, a sensitisation programme will be convened in all schools of Delhi where teachers, judges, and legal aid lawyers would be sent as resource persons.
The aim and vision of the sensitisation programme, which will be convened in schools post training of trainers, is to make students aware about the law and punishment for abuse and violence in the interpersonal and digital world (age group 14 to 18 years) and justice delivery system.
The programme would include discourse on (1) Response/ recourse for children: Law & Punishment on (a) Bullying, eve- teasing, and stalking, (b) Dating violence, peer abuse, elopement cases and consensual sex, and (c) Technology & violence- social Media Cases/ Instances; (2) Redress: when offence happens – (a) Helpline etc (b) Legal aid (c) Police functioning (d) Hospital (e) Court functioning. The interaction would be with students of age group of 14 to 18 years via powerpoint presentation. Also, a movie clip will be played.
Sensitisation with students will be followed by visit to police station and court complex where students would be given an opportunity to observe court proceedings including civil courts, criminal courts, family court, mediation centre, vulnerable witness room, office of legal services authority with legal aid counsel followed by discourse on ‘Justice Dispensation System’ by a judicial officer.