Nagaland Governor La Ganesan said that Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, stands as a beacon of hope in the quest to shield children from the trauma of sexual abuse and exploitation. However, he said the effective implementation and enforcement of this legislation are hindered by a myriad of challenges. He further said Nagaland is not immune to the complexities and intricacies of the criminal justice landscape and that it faces unique challenges that demand attention and concerted efforts to overcome.

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Nagaland Governor La Ganesan

Speaking today during the state Level Workshop on POSCO and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act organised by High Court Legal Services Committee, Kohima Bench in collaboration with Department of Law and Justice, Department of Health and Family Welfare and Nagaland Police at Police Complex Chümoukedima, Ganesan said the scourge of drug abuse and trafficking continues to ravage our communities, posing a grave threat to public health and safety, especially that of our youth.

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 aims to fight drug abuse and trafficking but it is imperative that we confront the local obstacles that impede its efficacy, he said.

He also mentioned that among the challenges faced by the state’s criminal justice system are the geographical constraints that hinder access to remote areas, the scarcity of resources and infrastructure, and the cultural nuances that influence perceptions of crime and justice. Additionally, the prevalence of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms and the stigma surrounding certain crimes often deter victims from seeking recourse through formal legal channels, he added.

“It is incumbent upon us to acknowledge these challenges and work collaboratively to address them and prioritize the training, capacity-building of our law enforcement personnel, judiciary, and medical professionals to ensure a more effective response to cases of child sexual abuse and drug-related offenses,” the Governor said.

“Moreover, we must also engage with local communities to raise awareness, dispel myths, and foster trust in the formal justice system,” he said.

The Governor also stressed on leveraging technology and innovation to overcome the geographical barriers and streamline processes for accessing justice. He also said ICT enablement of courts, remote video conferencing, telemedicine, and online reporting mechanisms are a few examples of how the state can harness technology to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of our justice system, he said.

He also urged all to remember that the true measure of success lies not only in the laws enacted or the cases prosecuted but in the lives we touch and the futures we safeguard. He encouraged all to strive, be beacons of hope, champions of justice, and guardians of children’s dreams. “By doing so, we can make meaningful progress in strengthening Nagaland’s criminal justice system by working together in shaping a brighter, safer, and more inclusive future for Nagaland,” he concluded.

Mokokchung Times

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