SHILLONG, Feb 25: Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India Colin Gonsalves took a firm stance against perpetrators of crimes against women and children, stating categorically that such people should be put behind bars.
“The rise of such crimes cannot be tackled by educating men but by putting such men behind bars,” Gonsalves said at the sidelines of a state level consultation on human rights in Meghalaya held here on Saturday.
The founder of the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) also informed that steps are also being taken to train young and budding lawyers to fight for women’s rights.
“We are training young lawyers to fight for the women in Criminal Courts, High Court and Supreme Court,” he added.
It may be mentioned here as that per police data, 23 rape cases have been reported in Meghalaya between January 1 and February 23. The state also witnessed quite a number of gang rape cases.
In this regard, the senior advocate lambasted the police for failing to ensure proper investigation into such cases.
“Police in Meghalaya like their counterparts in other parts of the country are not the solution but the problem itself,” he opined.
He further added that police harasses women and also alleged that they even sabotage prosecution besides helping the accused.
The senior advocate is also of the view that the people should learn how to use legal aid by their own rather than rely on public prosecutors.