District Legal Services Authority, Rupnagar organised a legal literacy camp-cum-seminar at Guru Amar Das Khalsa College, Rupnagar to sensitise girls and women about their legal rights and duties.
Chief judicial magistrate-cum-secretary , District Legal Services Authority, Rupnagar Gopal Arora said women should exercise the right to free legal aid.
He said under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, a woman who had been raped can record her statement before the magistrate when the case was under trial, and noone requires to be present.
A rape victim could also record her statement with only one police officer and a woman constable in a convenient place.
He added that it is important for the victim to feel comfortable and be free of stress while narrating the incident.
Arora said the identity of a rape victim should be kept secret. "Neither police nor media can publish the name of the victim,"he said.
"It is the duty of every employer to create a sexual harassment complaints committee within the organisation for redressal of such complaint,"Arora said.
He added that as per a guideline issued by the Supreme Court, it was mandatory for all firms to set up these committees to resolve matters of sexual harassment.
District Bar Association Rupnagar secretary H S Sitta and advocate Jaswant Saini were also present on the occasion.