The Odisha state Government has implemented the Centre’s Witness Protection Scheme, 2018 to protect witnesses and their family members from threats against their lives and reputation.
Witness protection Scheme: The objective of this Scheme is to ensure that the investigation, prosecution, and trial of criminal offenses is not prejudiced because witnesses are intimidated or frightened to give evidence without protection from violent or other criminal recrimination. It comprises 3 categories of witnesses as per the threat perception.
Category A: It consists of the cases where the threat extends to the life of witness or his family members during an investigation, trial or thereafter.
Category B: cases where the threat perception extends to safety, reputation or property of the witness or his family members during the investigation or trial.
Category C: cases where the threat is moderate and extends to harassment or intimidation of the witness or his family member’s reputation or property.