Seminar on “Role of Mahila Thana/ Women Police Station- its Working, Efficiency and Effectiveness” was conducted

Seminar on “Role of Mahila Thana/ Women Police Station- its Working, Efficiency and Effectiveness” was conducted by the Sikkim State Commission for Women in collaboration with National Commission for Women on the 20th of September, 2022 at Deorali Sr. Sec School, Gangtok. The participants included students and faculty members from Deorali Girls’ Sr. Sec. School, students from Modern Sr. Sec. School, Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College, Police Personnel from Mahila Thanas, members of Self Help Groups and Anganwadi Workers, etc.
At the outset Smt. Yousa Lachenpa, Member Secretary, welcomed the gathering and gave a brief presentation on the objective of conducting the seminar on the Mahila Thana, its working, efficiency and effectiveness etc.
The resource persons for the seminar were Shri Akshay Sachdeva, IPS, Special DGP (Law and Order) Sikkim Police, who spoke on the role of police towards delivering gender justice. Mr. Sachdeva spoke at great lengths about the functioning of Sikkim Police in delivering gender justice. Furthermore, the participants were made aware about the procedures in reporting cases, lodging FIR, etc and important provisions like Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and other important provisions related to women under Criminal Law.
Dr. Doma. T. Bhutia, Additional Advocate General, High Court of Sikkim, was the second resource person who spoke on matters relating to Women and Law. She highlighted the important articles under the constitution of India, which is the supreme law of land. Further, she emphasized on relevant acts and laws pertaining to women and children, namely, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and Juvenile Justice Act, 2015. She further highlighted the functioning of the One Stop Centre and the services provided under it.
Ms. Palmula Bhutia, Sub-Inspector, Ranipool Mahila Thana was also one of the Resource Persons, who made a power point presentation on the functioning of the Mahila Thanas in our state. The presentation also showcased pictures of Mahila Thanas, which are located in Ranipool in East Sikkim and Temi at South Sikkim along with detailed description of how Mahila Thanas are functioning, its effectiveness and the services of Mahila Helpdesk for assisting aggrieved women.
Furthermore, the fourth Resource Person included Smt. Dhan Maya Subba, Sr. SP, Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), who provided information on the trafficking cases of women and children and urged every individual to be vigilant in our society. The social networking platforms have also become a medium for trafficking of women and children as mentioned by her. Further, the cases of missing children are also dealt by the AHTU in the state.
The Resource Person Mr. Nirmal Mangar, Senior Journalist spoke on the role of media on reporting crimes on women and children. Further, he also highlighted on the importance of ethical reporting and responsible journalism. He shared guidelines that needed to be followed while reporting cases on crime on women and children and to deal with utmost sensitivity.
The programme also had question and answer session wherein the participants raised various queries, which were addressed by the resource persons.
The Chairperson Smt. Chung Kipu Lepcha highlighted various new schemes like Bhaini, Aama and Vatsalya initiated by the State Government for the welfare of the women and children in the state. The services provided by the Women Commission to address violence on women were shared with the participants along with Helpline numbers of the Women Commission and One stop centre.
The chief guest of the Seminar Mrs. Bhim Kumari Sharma, Hon’ble Chairperson-cum-advisor, Culture Department urged the participants to further disseminate the information shared by the Resource Persons at their community level so that wide awareness can be done. Furthermore she highlighted the importance of conducting such sensitization seminars and suggested such programs should also be conducted for the men section of the society and also reach out to maximum number of people at the grassroot level.
The programme was also attended by members, Smt. Tanny Bhutia and Smt. Parvati Diyali and staff of the Commisison. The vote of thanks was conveyed by Smt. Subarna Pradhan, member of the Commission

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