Mega Mela 2015

CPS at Mega Mela 2015The Mega Mela is a two day fun-filled event which took place at Platt Field Park in Manchester on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July. The event is the largest celebration of South Asian Culture in the North of England and provides an excellent opportunity for the CPS to engage with those attending.

On this year's CPS stall were Robina Ahmed, Tina Cunnane, David Leighton, Ali Sarwar and Jinny Sehra.  Over the two days we spoke to over 400 people and sought their views on what more Criminal Justice Agencies could do to tackle Racist and Religious Hate Crime and Domestic Violence. 

The feedback we received was that we need to highlight successful prosecutions in the media not just nationally but locally, and that we should undertake more work in schools to educate young people about Hate Crime and Violence Against Women and Girls so that everyone is made aware not only of their rights but their responsibilities.

Stacey Davis, Community Engagement Manager said "The Mega Mela is a great opportunity to speak with members of the public and listen to their experiences and views.  This is crucial in helping us deliver the things that really matter to our communities."

Jinny Sehra, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the North West Area said "Attending events such as the Mega Mela and engaging directly with those in that community is vitally important in assisting the CPS to seek justice for hate crimes including Racist and Religious hate crimes.  Sometimes communities who feel as though they receive negative media attention on an on-going basis can feel isolated and make the assumption that no one cares about the injustices they suffer.  The CPS are committed to tackling hate crime and by listening to the concerns of communities and sharing successful outcomes with them, contributes greatly towards raising community confidence" 

Ali Sarwar, Senior Prosecutor at Merseyside and Cheshire said "Attending the Mega Mela is important for the CPS to find out the concerns of those in the South Asian community. We were able to share statistics and cases studies on successfully prosecuted hate crimes and let people know that Forced Marriage has been a criminal offence since June 2014. We also had the rare opportunity to speak to some people who have little command of the English language and address their concerns in a way which ensures victim and those at risk are aware that they do have a recourse to justice"