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MPPSC PRE+MALENS 2019 Mains Paper 2 Topic 3 Pre Topic 10
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Schedule caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities act) 1989
Section 15A Rights of victims and witnesses (1) It shall be the duty and responsibility of the State to make arrangements for the protection of victims, their dependents, and witnesses against any kind of threats of violence. (2) A victim shall be treated with fairness, respect and dignity and with due regard to any special need that arises because of the victim's age or gender or educational disadvantage or poverty (3) A victim or his dependent shall have the right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any Court proceeding including any bail proceeding (4) A victim or his dependent shall have the right to apply to the Special Court or the Exclusive Special Court, as the case may be, to summon parties for production of any documents or material, witnesses or examine the persons present. (5) A victim or his dependent shall be entitled to be heard at any proceeding under this Act in respect of bail, discharge, release, parole, conviction or sentence of an accused or any connected
(6) Special Court or the Exclusive Special Court trying a case under this Act shall provide to a victim, his dependent, informant or witnesses- (a) the complete protection to secure the ends of justice (b) the travelling and maintenance expenses during investigation, inquiry and trial; (c) the social-economic rehabilitation during investigation, inquiry and trial; and (d) relocation (7) The State shall inform the concerned Special Court or the Exclusive Special Court about the protection provided to any victim or his dependent, informant or witnesses (9) It shall be the duty of the Investigating Officer and the Station House Officer to record the complaint of victim, informant or witnesses against any kind of intimidation, coercion or inducement or violence or threats of violence (10) All proceedings relating to offences under this Act shall be video recorded.
(11) It shall be the duty of the concerned State to specify an appropriate scheme to ensure implementation of the following rights and entitlements of victims and witnesses in accessing justice so as- (a) to provide a copy of the recorded First Information Report at free of cost; (b) to provide immediate relief in cash or in kind to atrocity victims or their dependents (c) to provide necessary protection to the atrocity victims or their dependents, and witnesses; (d) to provide relief in respect of death or injury or damage to property; (e) to arrange food or water or clothing or shelter or medical aid or transport facilities (f) to provide the maintenance expenses (h) protection to atrocity victims or their dependents and witnesses from intimidation and harassment U) to take necessary precautions at the time of medical examination (12) It shall be the right of the atrocity victims or their dependents, to take assistance from the Non-Government Organisations, social workers or advocates