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Supporting 68% convictions through collaborative casework

On 25 July 2017, the conviction of two accused by Judge MB Datye of the Churchgate Sessions Court marked the 100th and 101st convictions achieved through the collaborative casework of the Public Justice System (PJS) in Mumbai and International Justice Mission (IJM). The Sessions Court at Greater Mumbai is reported to have meted out 41 convictions between 2002 and 2015. Of these, 28 have been through the collaborative casework method, making it 68% of the convictions in thirteen years!

IJM established its work through the Collaborative Casework Model—by assisting police, prosecutors and shelter homes. For the past 17 years, IJM has supported the PJS to work against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of minors in the city. The 101 convictions have been achieved through 46 cases that were adjudicated by Magistrates and Judges from The Court of Sessions at Greater Mumbai, Sewri, Dindoshi and Thane, and the Special Court for The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act.

Former DCP Pravin Patil believes, “The Mumbai Police are committed to bringing an end to the heinous crime of trafficking. We see convictions as a primary deterrent to the crime. The collaborative efforts of prosecution and police with NGOs has proved to be a successful method to make this possible.”

In the case that marked the century, Judge Datye sentenced two perpetrators to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and 11,000 INR fine under Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956. In this case, both the victims were from Bangladesh and had been repatriated in 2015 after their rescue in 2014. The trial has progressed to 2016, and one of the victims was able to testify before the court through video conferencing under Section 273 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

“Each rescue operation and subsequent conviction has immediate and specific deterrence. When achieved consistently and coherently such rescues and convictions create general deterrence, resulting in the end of impunity and reduction of crime itself,” said Sanjay Macwan, IJM Regional Director for North India.

 

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