Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice or CCCJ for short, is one of the many centres of Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad that aims at specializing, tutoring and disseminating information about the different facets of criminology, forensic science, penology and victimology to its students. CCCJ was established in March 2018 with an ambitious and enthusiastic furore to gain more knowledge about the fascinating world of criminology and its sister branches. The Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice is engaged in activities to develop and strengthen the existing Criminal Justice system of the state and benefit of the society for smooth functioning. The Centre functions with the objective to work as a resource centre in the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Oppression of underprivileged classes in criminal cases , conducted on 8th April 2022
In the past few years, there have been several instances of reported custodial deaths in India.
This raises the question of how and why our most basic trait, humanity, seems to be lost amidst all this prejudice. Power doesn’t give anyone the right to deprive others of their basic right to life. In the recent popular film ‘Jai Bhim’, the protagonist is an activist lawyer, who saves the honour and lives of thousands of tribal men and women vulnerable to such
exploitation by the law. This character is based on the life of a real-life hero, Chandru, in the late 80s and 90s. This movie powerfully portrays social evils such as police brutality. Despite the number of reports being published on the increasing instances of custodial deaths and police brutality, there seems to be no respite. With numerous laws to protect the rights and dignity of people, we still have a long road ahead towards the concept of equality and non- discrimination. “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”. The webinar successfully analyzed the above-mentioned issues with Justice Chandru as the speaker.
Justice K Chandru talking about the issue
International Seminar on Terrorism and its Spinal Networks ( August 16th – 17th, 2018)
The Centre for Criminology and Criminal justice organised the 1st edition of the seminar on 'Terrorism and its Spinal Networks' on 16th and 17th August, 2018. The seminar hosted 3 luminaries in the field of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Anthropology. The seminar was coupled with interesting paper presentations by the participants.
National Training Programme on the Fundamentals of Criminology and Forensic Science. (September 17th-22nd , 2018)
The Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice launched the first edition of its national training programme on the Fundamentals of Criminology and Forensic Science. The course was created to suit all undergraduates, postgraduates, and Ph.D. research scholars from colleges/institutes/universities studying the broad disciplines of law and social sciences across the globe. The programme benefited the students in understanding the key concepts of Criminology and Forensic Science and helped in sensitisation of the same
Research Trip at Tribal Research Center, Ooty. (June 19th- June 30th , 2018)(September 17th-22nd , 2018)
The journey that CCCJ started on 19th June, 2018 with Dr.Rengasamy Stalin, Dr. Pooja Rhine and the members of the Centre for Human Rights was both enriching as well as captivating. Our chockablock schedule started off with reaching the breathtaking hill station of Ooty and meeting 6 major tribes of Tamil Nadu at the Tribal Research Centre.
It's so fascinating to discover that we human beings are actually social creatures by ourselves. We understand how intricately the society binds us when we discover societies different from ours and that's exactly the experience that we gained at Ooty. The journey was started off to study about the tribal law system in civil and criminal matters and fascinatingly what we unravelled was their rich, flush and fertile culture.Todas, Kotas, Irrulas, Kurumbas, Panniyas, Katanayaks—the 6 Niligiri Hill Tribes.
National Training Programme on Forensic Sciences. (January 9th – 12th , 2020)
A four-day practical training program on the different sub-fields of Forensic Science. The training program is split into four individual modules; Crime Scene Investigation, Fingerprint Examination, Handwriting Examination, Forensic Anthropology. It consists of a total of 30 hours.
National Seminar on Crime Prevention and Control. (February 29th–March 1st, 2020)
A two-day seminar and paper presentation on Crime Prevention and Control. The Panel Members for the Seminar consisted of esteemed academicians and advocates. The Themes for the Seminar were Role of Media in Crime prevention; Prevention of Rioting, Mob Lynching and Mass Atrocities; Prevention of Crimes of the New Millennium: Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism; Prevention of Drugs and Arms Trafficking, Prevention of Crimes against Women and Children; Prevention of Human Trafficking; Crime Prevention and Community Policing; Role of Legislation, LawEnforcement and Judiciary in Crime Prevention & Crime Prevention and Public Policy; Crime Prevention and Restorative Justice; Prevention of National/Transnational Organised Crimes respectively.
Webinar on ‘Prisoner’s Rights and Pandemic during COVID-19’ (12th May, 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic renders individuals and society extremely vulnerable in all respects. During such emergency crisis, a lot of our fundamental and legal rights have to be protected from violation to uphold the dignity and integrity of individuals. Similarly, the rights of the prisoners in the country too, need paramount protection in order to defend their vulnerable position. Therefore, to bring attention to the issue, Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice conducted a Webinar on the topic "Prisoner’s Rights and Pandemic" on 12th May 2020 (Tuesday) at 11:00 AM. The speaker of the Webinar was Mr Ravi Kiran, Superintendent of Jails, with a MBA., LLB degree, who is a well known professional of his field.
Child Victims and First Responders-An Overview on Victim Assistance and Mental Health Issues 9th October 2020
This event was a collaborative event with the International Cell. Considering the ongoing unprecedented situation created bythe pandemic around the globe, the incorporated idea was formalized through the virtualplatform of Cisco Webex. We had the privilege of sharing screen with some of the stalwartsengaged in the field of Child Rights and the like from the domestic as well as international background.
Dr. George Richards talking about the issue
Reshaping Policing: A legal reform 6th November 2020
The webinar focussed on the different steps by which reformation of the system to reduce this misuse of the powers by the authorities can be possible, as well as raise awareness on thesame.The panelist for the webinar, Mr. VibhutiNarain Rai, IPS is a notable personality ofthe concerned issue.
Mr. VibhutiNarain Rai speaking on the issue
Police Reforms: Retrospection of the Prakash Singh Judgement- 9th January 2021
The judgement of Prakash Singh v Union ofIndia had proved to be a milestone as it suggested several reforms such as appointing a State Security Commission, Selection and minimum tenure of DGP, Separation of investigation, Police Establishment Board, Police Complaints Authority and National Security Commission. Keeping in mind the recent cases of police brutality that we as a nation have witnessed, the most recent one being the Jayaraj and Fenix case, it is the need of the hour to implement these reforms. The webinar was successful in analysing these reforms as well as give a fresh perspective in the workings of the police force.
Mr. Prakash Singh discussing the issues
Prevention of Wildlife Crime 22nd February 2021
India is home to a huge part of the world’s wildlife with 515 wildlife sanctuaries, more than 120 National Parks, 26 wetlands and 18 Bio-reserves out of which 10 are a part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Sadly, a large number of these flora and fauna are endangered. The Red List of 2018 released by the Rio+20 Earth Summit, lists out 132 endangered species of plants and animals in India, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List released in 2019, added 48 more species to the list. The main reason for this is the anthropological interference like poaching, hunting, deforestation, environmental pollution, and loss of habitat. Evidently, the Wildlife in India needs more protection. This webinar was successful in increasing awareness on the above-mentioned issues and the necessity for conservation. It also helped the participants to understand the liability of the state and private institutions in pollution control for the preservation of wildlife and the effectiveness of the legislations passed in this regard.
Advocates Protection Bill 25th October 2021
The Advocates Protection Bill that was passed on the 2 nd of July, 2021 has beenthe centre for a lot of discussions and criticism among advocates as well as thepublic at large. Although this statute came into existence to provide some sortof social security and to ensure the discharge of the advocates duties mucheasily there has been several loopholes in the very statute that has lead to a lotdiscussions. The centre through this national webinar aimed at understandingthe applicability of this Bill and its Pros and Cons to the legal fraternity.
Mr. Riju Raj Jamwal talking about the Advocates Bill
Two day workshop on Cross Examination Workshop
India has well-defined laws and statutory provisions for the initiation of criminal trials before the court of law. In criminal cases, the examination of witnesses has a crucial role to play in the presentation of evidence.The workshop’s purpose was to highlight the importance of cross-examination of witnesses in a criminal trial. It will also strengthen the skills of budding lawyers in effectively defending the accused by understanding the basic rules of examination of witnesses and their cross-examination. In addition to this the workshop aimed at providing a practical insight to participants by referring to a few real-life experiences of the speaker, and analysis of landmark cases. The highlighted the common errors committed in conducting examination and cross-examination of witnesses that result in a miscarriage of justice for the accused.
Mr. Sanjay Vashishtha explaining about the details of cross-examination