Aryans College of Law, Rajpura, Near Chandigarh today organized a seminar on the Need for Balance on “Rising influence of Social Media vs Present Judicial System” at its Campus. Dr. Vijay Nagpal, Prof, Department of laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh was the Chief Guest while Dr. Bhupinder Singh Virk, Prof, Department of Laws, Punjabi University, Patiala was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group presided over the session. The seminar was attended by LL.B, BA-LL.B students.Dr. Vijay Nagpal while speaking said that For the police, social media has given them unprecedented access to the public, and vice versa. Via Facebook and Twitter, police and the public can communicate in real time about incidents and events. This has proven invaluable not only during times of crisis but also on a day-to-day basis and at the local level. Furthermore, the social media “broadcasting” of criminal trials has added an extra level of transparency to criminal proceedings.
Dr. Bhupinder Singh Virk said that social media has been accused of posing risks for many users, particularly young people. Social media has been used to facilitate “new” crimes such as revenge porn, prompting calls for harsher punishment. Also, the ability for criminals to use social media platforms to track potential victims .Principal, Aryans College of Law, Dr Hansraj Arora said that previously, it’s been thought that people form their opinions about crime from what they see or read in the media. But with social media taking over as our preferred news source the understandings of the crimes have been changed now. People follow and accept the trends of social media without even knowing the actual facts.Vice Principal, Aryans College of Law, Sh. SP Verma speaking about the future said that social media will continue to provide challenges and opportunities for criminal justice officials, as well as change the way the public perceives and engages with issues of crime and victimization. Capitalization on its benefits, and preventing or minimizing its negative effects in relation to crime and the criminal justice system is required.