Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 6
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the Chandigarh Judicial Academy held the first session of a series of mock trials on human trafficking cases.
The training event started with opening statements from Dr Balram Gupta, Director (Academics), Chandigarh Judicial Academy, Deepika Naruka, UNODC South Asia and Panagiotis Papadimitriou, UNODC Vienna.
The mock trial is an innovative training technique that has been successfully held in several countries.
The objective of the mock trial is to strengthen investigations, prosecutions and convictions in trafficking cases to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement officers and criminal justice practitioners and to enhance successful prosecution and conviction. Under the training, 57 judicial officers are being trained.
On the first day, the concepts and issues of international legal framework on trafficking in persons, allied crimes in Indian legislations, evidential issues arising in cases, including issue of consent were discussed.
Thereafter, a case study on substantive and evidential issues was presented. The issue of victim protection in Indian legislation in respect of privacy, confidentiality, hearings in camera and compensation was also discussed.
On the second day, a mock trial of a human case trafficking booked under sections 370, 374 of IPC, sections of POCSO Act, section 3 of the Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, section 16 of Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, 1976 will be carried.
A mock case hearing will be carried, wherein judicial officers will be witnesses, prosecutors, defence, etc. The verdict will be announced on Sunday.
A bulk of those trafficked between South Asian countries mostly belong to disadvantaged groups. At the same time, human traffickers are increasingly misusing the internet and new technologies to broaden their reach, using apps and chat rooms to exploit and abuse the vulnerable persons.
The UNODC assists member states in their struggle to combat illicit drugs and international crime.
Special focus on South-asian nations
- The objective of the mock trial is to strengthen investigations, prosecutions and convictions in trafficking cases to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement officers and criminal justice practitioners and to enhance successful prosecution and conviction in the South Asian nations. Under the training, 57 judicial officers are being trained.
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