APSCW appeals to people to support women survivors of crimes

ITANAGAR, 27 Jun: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Chairperson Kenjum Pakam appealed to the people to support women survivors of crimes, stating that crimes are unpredictable, whether it is within or outside the state.

She informed that the survivors can take shelter at the one-stop centres (OSC) in case they don’t have any place to stay.

Pakam was addressing a legal awareness programme on OSC, crimes against women, prevention of drug menace, and the Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme at Hollongi village on Monday.

Expressing concern over drugs abuse by the younger generation, she requested parents to encourage their children to take part in co-curricular activities.

 “Since Hollongi is a boundary area, the risk of drug peddling will be higher,” Pakam said, and requested the residents to be vigilant and cooperate with the police in checking the drugs problem.

Naharlagun OSC administrator Nada Nampi highlighted the powers and functions of the centre, while APSCW member Komna Moidam spoke on the effects of drug abuse on individuals, families and the society. She also highlighted “the role of the society in motivating the addicts in the process of recovery and to stay drug-free.”

OSC legal aid counsel Taba Zim spoke on the Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme-2011. She explained how women or victims can get free legal aid and how to avail the facility to pursue their cases.

OSC case worker Pejum Sora presented a brief on the types of crimes against women, such as sexual harassment, acid attacks, domestic violence, molestation, voyeurism, stalking, rape, kidnapping, forced and child marriages, and the dowry system.

More than 60 participants attended the programme, which was organised by the APSCW in collaboration with the OSC.