Awareness among people only way to minimize crime: SC Judge

Supreme Court Judge and others during a seminar at Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Supreme Court Judge and others during a seminar at Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 6: High Court Bar Association Jammu in collaboration with Criminologist Society organized one day seminar on theme  “Making Criminal Justice System Work and Rule of Law Established in India: A Reappraisal of our policies and concepts about crime and its solutions”.

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Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Judge Supreme Court was the chief guest while as Justice Yaqoob Mir presided over the function. Justice J R Kotwal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar were the guests of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “at one point of time as is evident from a book ‘Rajtrangni’ J&K was crime free but with the passage of time especially after the British Rule in India, the crime and criminal activity could find place not only in the State of J&K but rest of the country as well”.
Appreciating the efforts of J&K High Court Bar Association in organizing seminar in collaboration with Criminologist Society of J&K, he said, “cyber crime, drug peddling and social crimes are increasing as such there is a need to take preventive measures”, adding “creating awareness among people is the only way to minimize crime”.
Justice Mohd Yaqoob Mir laid stress on providing high respect to women in the society. “Women is a pillar of society. She is axis to development of the society but it is a matter of concern that crime rate against womenfolk is increasing”, he said, adding “the seminar has much relevance in view of prevailing scenario in the society”.
Justice Sanjeev Kumar expressed his view point vis-i-vis the media trial. “Law books nowhere recognize the word media trial”, he said. He had all appreciations for print as well as electronic media but at the same time cautioned that Article 21 of the Constitution of India though acknowledges freedom of speech but nowhere accords sanction for trial by media.
Earlier, Senior Advocate B S Slathia, President of High Court Bar Association Jammu said though the fundamental duty of the Bar Association has been the welfare of the legal fraternity and to surmount the problems it faces from time to time yet the Association has never held itself aloof from the nation-centric issues and the genuine issues facing the people of the Jammu province in particular and the State in general.
Advocate B S Manhas, Advisor to the Criminologist Society explained the strenuous activities being carried out by the Society for the last about 20 years which led to its international recognition and also encouraged its members to further expand activities throughout length and breadth of the country.
Advocate Sachin Gupta, Vice President  presented the vote of thanks. The proceedings of the function were compared by Prem Sadotra, General Secretary of the Association, Ranjit Singh Jamwal, Deputy Advocate General and Advocate Shalu Misra.
Those who presented papers included Rameshwar Singh Jamwal, President Criminologist Society, Senior Advocate U K Jallali , District & Sessions Judge T K Raina, Dr  T R Raina (Pathologist), Usman Ahmad Salaria and Additional Advocate General Rohit Kapoor.

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