INDIAN SOCIETY OF VICTIMOLOGY

Since 1992

 

 

 

A REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE INDIAN SOCIETY OF VICTIMOLOGY

The Indian Society of Victimology (ISV) was founded by Dr. K. Chockalingam in August 1992 to advocate the cause of victims of crime and abuse of power in India. The newly established Society was formally inaugurated by the eminent jurist Hon’ble Justice Mr. V. R. Krishna Iyer, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of India in September 1992. The members of the Society come from a broad spectrum of professionals and academia working in the field of social and behavioural sciences. The membership of the Society includes academics, social scientists, criminal justice practioners, social activists, research scholars and students from across the country. Today, the Society has 534 life members and continues to grow far and wide.


Since inception the Indian Society of Victimology has organized several conferences, seminars, symposia, special lectures and workshops on various victimological issues with a view to advocate the cause of victims of crime and abuse of power in India.

A symposium on Female infanticide was organized on 24th April 1993 at the University of Madras. Eight papers were presented on the causes and prevention of female infanticide from a Sociological, Anthropological, Legal and Victimological perspective.

A symposium on Compensation to victims of property crimes and the role of insurance agencies was organized on 14th August 1993 at the University of Madras. Six papers were presented on the issues relating to compensation to victims of crime from a sociological, legal, police and insurance perspective.

A symposium on Custodial violence and death was organized on 29th January 1994 at the University of Madras. Eight papers were presented on the causes and prevention of custodial violence and deaths.

A symposium on the Victims of road accidents was organized on 3rd February 1995 at the University of Madras. Four papers were presented on the causes and prevention of road accidents and victims’ needs and assistance.

A symposium on the Victims of food adulteration was organized on 14th August 1995 at the University of Madras as part of the Annual day celebration of the Society.

A symposium on Ragging in educational institutions was organized on 14th February 1997 at the University of Madras where the dimensions of victimization was presented and discussed.

A special lecture on The position of victims of crime in world countries was delivered by Dr. K. Chockalingam, Professor & Head, Department of Criminology and President, ISV on 13th November 1997 at the University of Madras.
Dr. R. K. Raghavan, IPS, Director General of Police and Director, Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Tamil Nadu and Vice President, ISV presided over the special lecture. Over 100 participants from the various agencies of the criminal justice system, faculty, research scholars and students of the University of Madras attended the lecture.

A special lecture on The position of victim and offender under the Russian Criminal Justice System was delivered by Professor Vitali Y. Kvashis, Chief Scientist, Research Institute, Russian Ministry of Interior, Moscow, on 29th January 1998 at the University of Madras. This lecture was presided over by Mr. C. V. Narasimhan, Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation and was attended by members of the ISV, faculty, research scholars and students of the University of Madras.

A symposium on Victims of sexual harassment was organized on 30th November 1998 at the University of Madras. Dr. S. M. Diaz, IPS (Retd.), Former Director, S. V. P. National Police Academy; Dr. R. K. Ragavan, IPS, then Director General of Police; Ms. R. Vaigai, Advocate, High Court of Madras; and Mrs. R. Shyamala, Co-ordinator, Pennurimai Iyakkam, Chennai presented their views on the different aspects of sexual harassment of women. Over 100 participants from the various agencies of the criminal justice system, faculty, research scholars and students of the University of Madras attended the programmeA special lecture on Victim assistance programme possibilities was delivered by Prof. Dr. John P. J. Dussich, Founder Secretary General, World Society of Victimology and Professor of Criminology & Victimology, Tokiwa University, Japan on 12th February 1999 at the University of Madras. Prof. Dr. M. Anandakrishnan, Vice-Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education presided over the programme. Several functionaries of the Criminal Justice System, faculty, research scholars and students of various disciplines from the University of Madras attended the programme.

A special lecture on Victim assistance programme possibilities was delivered by Prof. Dr. John P. J. Dussich, Founder Secretary General, World Society of Victimology and Professor of Criminology & Victimology, Tokiwa University, Japan on 12th February 1999 at the University of Madras. Prof. Dr. M. Anandakrishnan, Vice-Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education presided over the programme. Several functionaries of the Criminal Justice System, faculty, research scholars and students of various disciplines from the University of Madras attended the programme.

A special lecture on Society as a victim of corruption was delivered by
Thiru. N. Vittal, Central Vigilance Commissioner, Government of India, New Delhi on 23rd February 2001 at the University of Madras. Dr. C. L. Ramakrishnan, Former Director General of Police presided over the programme. The special lecture was attended by more than 200 participants including senior police officers, members of the ISV, faculty, research scholars and students from the University of Madras. The programme attracted wide media coverage.

A seminar on Human rights was conducted on 17th August 2001 along with    Bharat Yuvak Samaj, Tamil Nadu at the University of Madras, Chennai. Hon’ble Justice Mr. K. P. Sivasubramanian, Judge, High Court of Madras inaugurated the seminar and Shri. Dhileep Singh Bhoria, MP Chairman, National Commission for SC & ST, Government of India delivered the Keynote address.

A special lecture on Empowering victims of organized crime and corruption: A UN perspective was delivered by Dr. J. M. Van Dijk, Chief, Crime Reduction & Analysis Branch of the UN Office of the Drug Control & Crime Prevention, Vienna, Austria on 18th March 2002 at the University of Madras. The programme was widely attended by participants from the various agencies of the Criminal Justice System, faculty, research scholars and students of the University of Madras.


 A special lecture on Victims of group violence with reference to terrorism was delivered by Mr. M. R. Sivaraman, IAS (Retd.), Former Revenue Secretary, Government of India and Executive Director, International Monetary Fund on 6th April 2004 at the University of Madras. The programme was presided over by Prof. Dr. S. P. Thyagarajan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras and was attended by more than 150 participants from the various departments of the University of Madras.

A workshop on New forms of crime victimization with reference to money    laundering was organized on 18th November 2006 at the University of Madras. The workshop was attended by members of the ISV, academia, faculty, research scholars and students of the University of Madras.

A special lecture on Child victimization through information communication technology (ICT) facilitated crime was delivered by Dr. R. K. Raghavan, IPS (Retd.), Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation and President, ISV on 20th March 2009 at the University of Madras. Ms. Vidya Reddy, Executive Director, Tulir-CPHCSA delivered the special lecture. The programme was attended by several members of the ISC, practioners from the Criminal Justice System, faculty, scholars and students from the University of Madras.

A seminar on the Perspectives on violence against women was organized on 1st February 2013 at the University of Madras. Dr. R. K. Raghavan, IPS (Retd.), Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation and Vice-President, ISV inaugurated the seminar. Ms. P. Sunganthi, General Secretary, AIDWA (Tamil Nadu State Unit); Ms. Mahalakshmi Jayaram, Editor, Internet Edition, The Hindu; Ms. Geeta Ramaseshan, Senior Advocate, High Court of Madras; and Ms. U. Vasuki, National Secretary, AIDWA  presented their views on  the perspectives on violence against women. The seminar was attended by members of the ISV, academia, faculty, research scholars and students of the University of Madras.

The Indian Society of Victimology (ISV), University of Madras, Chennai has organized a one day workshop on “Empowerment of women working in the unorganized sector through legal literacy” 8th May 2016 at the Department of Criminology, University of Madras, Chennai.

Apart from organizing seminars, symposia, special lectures and workshops, the ISV has organized seven biennial conferences combined with four international conferences.


The First Biennial Conference was organized from 12th - 14th August 1994 in Chennai. Over 200 participants from all over India including Justice Ranganath Misra, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission of India; Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India; and Prof. G. F. Kirchhoff, Secretary General, World Society of Victimology from Germany participated in the conference.


The Second Biennial Conference was organized from 4th - 6th October 1996 at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. The conference was attended by more than 150 delegates from different parts of the country. The theme of conference was Legislation for victims of crime in India

The Third Biennial Conference was organized from 24th - 25th November 1999 in New Delhi. The theme of the conference was Victimization of children. The conference was attended by over 100 participants

The Fourth Biennial Conference was organized from 3rd - 5th October 2002 in Chennai. The main theme of the conference was Cybercrime: Dimensions of victimization. The conference was inaugurated by His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. P. S. Rama Mohan Rao

The First International and Fifth Biennial Conference was organized from 18th - 20th November 2004 at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Irwin Waller, Professor of Criminology & Victimology, University of Ottawa, Canada. The theme of the conference was Restorative Justice: A stride towards victim justice system. There were five sessions, namely, (i) Metamorphosis of the Criminal Justice System towards victim-oriented justice: A transnational perspective; (ii) Dimensions of victimization: A cross-cultural perspective; (iii) Victim types and classification: Contemporary developments; (iv) Restoring justice to women and child victims: A need-based intervention analysis; and (v) Victim services: An attempt at convergence of existing services. The conference was attended by more than 200 national and international delegates

The Second International and Sixth Biennial Conference was organized from 8th - 10th February 2007 in Chennai. The theme of the conference was Victims, new forms of crime victimization and the Criminal Justice System with the following sub-themes: (i) Crime victims and the Criminal Justice System across the globe; (ii) Victims of corruption and the Criminal Justice System; (iii) Right to Information Act vis-à-vis crime victims; (iv) Victimization of women and girls in cyber space and the Criminal Justice System; (v) Victims of organized crime and the Criminal Justice System; and (vi) Legislation(s) for the victims of crime. There were six plenary sessions where 20 speakers presented papers on the six sub-themes. Apart from the plenary sessions, 66 papers were presented across the sessions. The conference was attended by 266 participants

The Third International and Seventh Biennial Conference was organized from 6th - 8th January 2011 at KIIT Law School, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The theme of the conference was Victim justice in a changing world: Issues and challenges with the following sub-themes: (i) Victims of miscarriage of justice process; (ii) Victims of terrorism; (iii) Victims of war crimes; (iv) Newer dimensions of victimization; (v) Gender and victimization; (vi) Victims of cybercrime; (vii) Human rights of victims: Development induced displacement; (viii) Victims of criminal negligence; (ix) Human rights of disadvantaged groups; (x) Impact of victimization; (xi) Crime victim: Comparative Law; (xii) Victims of human trafficking; (xiii) Restorative justice; and (xiv) Children and victim justice. There were 14 parallel sessions and over 50 papers were presented across two days of the conference

The Fourth International and Eighth Biennial Conference was organized from 9th - 11th October 2014 organized in Chennai. The theme of the conference was Victimization of children: Dimensions and response of stakeholders with the following sub-themes: (i) Forms of child abuse; (ii) Children as victims of trafficking, terrorism & group violence; (iii) Role of the media in child victimization; (iv) Child marriage; (v) Impact of abuse; (vi) International & national legislations dealing with child abuse; and (vii) Role of NGOs & Governmental organizations in child victimization

The conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice D. Murugesan, Former Chief Justice, High Court of Delhi and Member, National Human Rights Commission. Prof. R. Thandavan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras presided over the Inaugural function and Mr. Vidyasagar Ramamurthy, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF delivered the Keynote address. Around 303 participants from the national and international level attended the three day conference

Participants included, 12 international participants from US, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Brazil and Bangladesh; several senior judicial officers, police officers and prison officials; social activists; officers from The Directorate of Social Defense; staff from UNICEF; staff & students from the Madras School of Social Work; members from AIDWA; academics; research scholars and students from Chennai and across India. Six plenary sessions were organized that hosted six international plenary speakers and nine speakers from India. Of the total 73 papers that were received, 50 papers were presented across the seven parallel sessions conducted during the three days of the conference

The Indian Society of Victimology instituted awards for the first time for a person’s significant contribution in the field of Victimology and to the growth and development of the India Society of Victimology. The Prof. K. Chockalingam Award 2014 was conferred on Dr. G. S. Bajpai, Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice Law and Registrar, National Law University, New Delhi. Three ISV Fellowship Awards were presented at the conference. The recipients of the 2014 ISV Fellowship Award were awarded to Dr. Beulah Shekhar, Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice Sciences, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli; Dr. M. Priyamvadha and Dr. S. Ramdoss, Assistant Professors at the Department of Criminology, University of Madras, Chennai. Ms. Sharon Thomas, UGC Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Criminology, University of Madras was awarded the Best Research Paper Award for her research paper in the scientific session of the conference

The valedictory address was delivered by Hon'ble Tmt. Justice S. Vimala, Judge, High Court of Madras and Mr. M. R. Sivaraman, IAS (Retd.), Chairman of the Organizing Committee presided over the valedictory function and
Mr. K. Radhakrishnan, IPS, Additional Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu, delivered the Special address

The Fifth International & Ninth Biennial Conference of the Indian Society of Victimology was held in Kolkata from 22nd to 24th January 2016. The conference was organized by West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. The theme of the conference was Victimization of the Vulnerable in the Criminal Justice System – Issues and Challenges with nine sub-themes, namely, Gender and Vulnerabilities; Children in particular issues of Child Labour, Child Trafficking, Child Sexual Abuse, Sentencing of Juveniles and appropriate process of Trial of Juveniles; Violence and Victimization of the Elderly and Response of Criminal Justice Administration; Poverty and the Criminal Justice System, Witness Protection Systems and its Challenges; Victims of Cybercrimes; Person with Disabilities and Victimization; Development induced Displacement, Violence, and Victimization; and Communal Violence, Victimization and Repairing the Harm. The conference was attended by a broad spectrum of social scientists. There were 215 participants comprising academics, criminal justice practioners, social activists, scholars and students from India and across the globe. At the national level, officers from the Criminal Justice System, namely, senior judicial officers, police officers and prison officials participated in the conference. Academics and research scholars from Universities and colleges across India participated in the conference

Two plenary sessions were scheduled over the three days of the conference with one international plenary speaker and seven speakers from India. Of the total 61 papers that were received, 55 papers were presented across the nine parallel sessions conducted during the three days of the conference. Research papers were presented on the nine sub-themes – Gender and Vulnerabilities; Children in particular issues of Child Labour, Child Trafficking, Child Sexual Abuse, Sentencing of Juveniles and appropriate process of Trial of Juveniles; Violence and Victimization of the Elderly and Response of Criminal Justice Administration; Poverty and the Criminal Justice System, Witness Protection Systems and its Challenges; Victims of Cybercrimes; Person with Disabilities and Victimization; Development induced Displacement, Violence, and Victimization; and Communal Violence, Victimization and Repairing the Harm

The conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Altamas Kabir, Former Chief Justice of India & Chair Professor, Ford Foundation Chair on Human Rights and Citizenship Studies. The Vice-Chancellor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences presided over the Inaugural function and Prof. (Dr.) Gerd Kirchhoff, Tokiwa International Victimology Institute (TIVI), Tokiwa Graduate School of Victimology, Tokiwa University delivered the Keynote address

P. Ishwara Bhat, The Vice-Chancellor, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences presided over the valedictory function and Prof. (Dr.) K. Chokalingam delivered the special lecture

Awards were presented to academics for their significant contribution in the field of Victimology
Prof. K. Chockalingam Award 2016 was conferred on Prof. Dr. P. Madhava Soma Sundaram, Professor and Head, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, M. S. University, Tirunelveli

The ISV Fellowship Award 2016 was awarded to Dr. G. S. Venumadhava, Assistant Professor at the Department of Studies in Criminology & Forensic Science, Karnatak University, Karnataka and Mr. Michael Loordhu Valan, Research Scholar, Department of Criminology, University of Madras, Chennai

National Conference on Wrongful Prosecution: Rights, Protection and Assistance on Nov. 18, 2017 

The K.L. Arora Chair in Criminal Law, Centre for Criminology & Victimology (CCV) in association with Indian Society of Victimology Organized a one day National Conference on Wrongful Prosecution: Rights, Protection and Assistance on 18th November, 2017 at National Law University Delhi. The Conference began with welcome address by Prof.(Dr.) Ranbir Singh, Vice-Chancellor, NLU Delhi. HMJ A.P. Shah, delivered inaugural address on the occasion, addressed by HMJ Mohan Peiris & Prof.(Dr.) B.B. Pande, Distinguished Professor, NLU Delhi. The event was graced by the presence of prominent speakers who actively shared their views. The proceedings of the Conference were devided into Four main technical sessions with each sessions containing 6 - 7 presentations which involved as many as 22 Resource Person focussing on the fields like Wrongful prosecution, Miscarriage of Justice, Human Rights, Law Rights, false criminal offences, Jurisprudence, Victimology, such as Prof.(Dr.) Gerd Kirchoff, O.P.J.G.U., Sonipat, Prof.(Dr.) Arvind Tiwari, TISS, Ms. Vrinda Grover, Sr. Advocate, Mr. Ravi Nair, SAHRDC, Dr. Jyoti Dogra Sod, Associate Professor, ILI Delhi, Dr. Priyamvada, University of Madras, Mr. Vishavjeet Chaudhary, O.P.JGU, Sonipat, Ms. Deepali Vashist, VIPS, Ms. Archana Singh, The NCU, gurugram, Dr. Upma Gautam, Assistant Professor, GGSIPU; and many more. More than 40 participants including students, research scholars, academicians and law teachers from the reputed institutions across the country and faculty members from NLU Delhi took participation in the conference. The conference was directed by Prof (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Registrar and Chairman of Centre for criminology & Victimology at National Law University Delhi. The program was coordinated by Mr Sidharth Dahiya, Assistant Registrar (Academics) & Ms. Pratibha Tandon, Research Associate, NLU Delhi. 



The Indian Society of Victimology expresses its gratitude to all the participants who have been a source of strength in all its endeavours - participants whose vision is responsible for the success of the ISV through the years. The ISV has indeed transformed and grown in size and reputation since inception. It is because of Prof. Dr. K. Chockalingam’s initiatives and efforts that the ISV has grown from a pioneering organization in the field of rights of victims of crime and abuse of power to what it is today.

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