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Lawyers ask Patna High Court Judges to ensure just treatment of survivors of violent sexual crimes in Araria District Court, Bihar

Letter from Lawyers to the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Patna High Court and other Hon’ble Judges Need for urgent and systemic changes in the treatment of survivors of violent sexual crimes in the Araria District Court, Bihar 15th July, 2020 To Hon’ble the Chief Justice of Patna High Court and other Hon’ble Judges:
Subject: Need for urgent and systemic changes in the treatment of survivors of violent sexual crimes in the Araria District Court.
Lordships: We, the undersigned are lawyers practicing in different places across the country, who also believe in creating a robust criminal justice system, which is responsive to the needs of survivors of violent sexual crimes. We have received news of a very disturbing incident in distant Araria, and involving a 22-year-old, who was violently gang-raped on July 6th, and her two caregivers/friends. While recording her S.164 statement on July 10th, the learned magistrate perceived her disoriented state of mind as a personal affront and remanded her (and he…