Incarcerated women often face more serious prejudices, stigma and discrimination, making their rehabilitation a difficult challenge, India Chief Justice NV Ramana said on Wednesday, noting the plight of women. detained.
“As a welfare state, we are obliged to provide women prisoners with programs and services which enable them to reintegrate effectively into society, on an equal basis with men,” added the chief justice.
These remarks came during the Chief Justice’s opening speech at the 32nd Central Authority Meeting of NALSA (National Legal Services Authority). He also welcomed the report on the rehabilitation of women prisoners, which was among the items on the agenda for deliberation.
The chief judge also provided for certain measures for the reintegration of women prisoners into society such as “non-discriminatory access to education and vocational training, decent and paid work”.
Appreciating the work of the legal services authorities during the recently held Lok Adalat on September 11, the Chief Justice commended the legal services authorities for resolving more than 29.5 lakh cases in 33 states and Union Territories of the country. .
Chief Justice Ramana also focused on improving “access to justice” and said that “although much has been said about improving access to justice, the the question remains as to how to ensure effective and substantial access to justice for all categories of persons and how to fill these gaps. ”
The meeting was co-chaired by Judge UU Lalit, Executive Chairman of NALSA. Justice Lalit highlighted the problem of prison overcrowding and stressed the need to take immediate action in this direction. He also pointed out that due to the pandemic restrictions, schools are closed and children living in juvenile homes, observation homes and children’s homes are in an unimaginable situation, where only one video monitor is not sufficient to provide basic education to children of different ages. groups.
Judge Lalit also stressed the need to use the talent and services of law students, who can bridge the gap and reach the local level of society by adopting three or four talukas from each district across the country.