Noida, 19th October 2019: The Research & Development Dell at Delhi NCR-based Asian Law College (ALC) – which is a part of Asian Education Group and is ranked as one of the best Law Colleges in Delhi NCR – hosted its first “NATIONAL SEMINAR” on the theme “A SOCIO LEGAL PERSPECTIVE OF RIGHTS OF VICTIMS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM” on Saturday, 19th October 2019 at its Noida campus. The eminent guests and speakers at the seminar included Sh. K. T. S. Tulsi, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Justice Sh. V. K. Shali, Former Judge, Delhi High Court; Justice Sh. S. N. Kapoor, Former Judge, Delhi High Court; and Justice Smt. Manju Goel, Former Judge, Delhi High Court.
The backdrop to this Seminar was provided by the need for students and intellectuals from all over the country to come together and discuss various measures to be taken to eliminate discrimination that is prevailing at present. It is rightly said that no one can change the world in one day but everyone can do their part. This was a small initiative from ALC’s side to make the world a better place to live in. This seminar proposed to engage with the dialectics of hope and despair, challenges and possibilities in the criminal justice system regarding the rights of victims.
The event kick-started with lighting of lamp and welcome introduction of dignitaries present on and off the dais. Mr. Ashish Bhardwaj, HOD-Asian Law College welcomed the dignitaries with his welcome address and also set the theme of the Seminar with a brief introduction of the topic. This was followed by the inaugural address by Prof (Dr.) Saleem Akhtar, Director-Academic Advisory Board, Asian Law College.
In his inaugural address, Prof (Dr.) Saleem Akhtar shared the proud fact that this was the first national seminar being conducted at Asian Law College. According to him, “there was a need to relook on the nation’s various legal enactments on at least four parameters – namely, Access to Justice, Fair Treatment, Compensation, and Protection of Victims.”
Delivering the Director’s address, Dr. Lalitya Vir Srivastava, Director-Asian Education Group extended his warm welcome to the distinguished guests sharing the dais and also congratulated the R & D Cell of ALC for “putting together this proud moment of the first national seminar at the college.”
Shri K.T.S. Tulsi, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India delivered the keynote address wherein he spoke about the topic of the seminar being “interesting” and “the critical role of media in highlighting such issues and influencing the public opinion in the society at large.”
Justice Sh. V. K. Shali, Former Judge, Delhi High Court spoke next and said that “the role of investigating agencies is critical in ensuring a fair trial of the victim’s case.” Talking about the long trial duration, he said that “it was a matter of concern that saps the energies of the victim.”
This was followed by the address of Justice Sh. S. N. Kapoor, Former Judge, Delhi High Court. In his address Justice Sh. S. N. Kapoor referred to students as “Teachers…because they ask questions that need to be answered” and said that “students are the hope for the new dawn in the Indian judicial system” and he “had full faith that they will bring-in that new dawn.”
Justice Smt. Manju Goel, Former Judge, Delhi High Court who spoke next, talked about her role as a “Judicial Educator” whereby “I give you questions; you find your answers.” She asked students to “be open” in their thinking.
After the keynote addresses by distinguished speakers, as a token of appreciation and gratitude, the guests were felicitated with Mementos by Dr. Lalitya Vir Srivastava, Director-Asian Education Group. The proceedings were followed by a Vote of Thanks by Dr. Priya Sondhi, Associate Dean-Asian Law College (ALC).
The august gathering then dispersed for lunch.
The post-lunch session saw the unfolding of “Parallel Technical Sessions” on the submitted research papers on sub-themes of the Seminar – namely, Prosecution services and protection of vulnerable groups; Overview of legislative and historical development of victimology under Criminal Justice System; Concepts and theory of Victimology; Victim’s compensation scheme; Protection of witnesses; and Abuse of victims within the family.
The Session Chairs of the Seminar was headed by Prof. (Dr.) Syed Mohammad Afzal Qadri, Professor, Former Dean & Head University of Kashmir, Kashmir; Prof. (Dr.) Javaid Talib, Professor, Chairman Dept. of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; and Dr. Anurag Deep, Associate Professor, Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.
Several Presentations were made at this Seminar, out of which, “Best Paper Awards” were shortlisted.
Then followed the much-awaited Awards & Prize Distribution ceremony wherein the prizes were given by Session Chairs to the winners.
The event concluded with the customary Vote of Thanks.
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