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Impact of crime multiplies in networked age: SC judge

16 December 2016
Business Standard

While social networking has brought people closer, the danger of networked age is that the impact of crime is multiplied manifold, Supreme Court judge, Justice D Y Chandrachud today said.

"We are one people, we are one world, we are all networked, but the dangers of a networked age are that the impacts of crime are multiplied manifold," the judge said while speaking at the 18th edition of World Congress of Criminology.

He said that growth of urbanisation has posed grave challenge on governance and rule of law.

"The growth of urbanisation has posed very grave challenges to the enforcement of law and justice in our country. The law is but one important facet of societal governance under the regime of law, however, there is a great deal to be achieved in terms of the involvement of civil society in the enforcement of law and the realisation of rights," Justice Chandrachud was quoted as saying in a statement issued by O P Jindal Global University (JGU), which has organised the three-day summit, at Sonipat in Haryana.

The World Congress, which is being organised since 1938, has brought together 700 leading criminology experts, lawyers, scholars, academics and professionals from across the world.

The central theme of the Congress, which was held for the first time in India, focuses on Criminological Opportunities and Challenges of the XXI Century in light of the current trends in urbanisation, globalisation, development and crime.

C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JGU, said, "We are excited to host this prestigious event. As an educational institution committed to creating meaningful platforms for intellectual debates on important issues, we see this as an opportunity to bring together prominent voices from all over the world on the challenges faced by the criminal justice system in developing economies."

Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director of Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, which is hosting the meet, said, "We hope that scholars from India and the neighbouring countries will benefit from the deliberations and the Congress will come up with policy reforms that can hopefully be carried forward by the government, community and non-government organisations.