Online proceedings for the IRCT General Assembly and 10th International Scientific Symposium - Delivering on the Promise of the Right to Rehabilitation

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Rehabilitation through economic empowerment

Presenter(s) and co-author(s): Dr. Pradeep Agrawal ( Society for Social Research Art and Culture - India )

Background

Torture a serious crime yet practiced with impunity by law enforcement and state officials. In fact, it is a key component of the effective remedies states are obligated to provide to victims of violation. Reparation should include medical, psychological, legal and social assistance as well as monetary compensation.
In order to get Access to justice economic empowerment is very important. Generally, the victims of custodial crimes, torture, injury or death belong to weaker sections of society. The poor, the downtrodden, illiterate, ignorant with little, or no financial power are unable to protect their rights.

Methodology

We have provided vocational training to the victims and seen the improvement in their financial status. We provided computer training and tailoring skills to the victims. We also provided language training skills in english and hindi to victims to enable them find appropriate jobs to support themselves and their families. the improvement in financial status brought happiness in the lives of the victims and their families. The depression and anxiety symptoms improved significantly. they completed the rehabilitation programme and participated in the activities. The victims and their families were much happier. The victims and their families were encouraged to file their complaints against torture.

Results

We had feedback from the victims that they felt much more confident and happy once they had vocational training. they were able to move in to their lives and interact with people in the community with improved confidence once they were able to earn and help their families become financially independent. The interaction between the victim and their family members improved. The improved confidence among torture victims and their family enabled them to file their complaints with NHRC and seek legal help.

Funding & No Conflicts Declaration

Shubhodaya centre received funding from OAK foundation. Laluz grants, local cash donations and fundings in kind from local business houses.

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