'Legal literacy necessary to contain frauds'

'Legal literacy necessary to contain frauds'

Law Day celebrated in Udupi

Delivering a special talk on ‘Role of lawyers in maintaining rule of law’ at ‘Law Day’ celebrations organised by Udupi district Legal Services Authority in association with Udupi district Bar Association and Vaikunta Baliga Law College at Udupi Court premises, he said that the rule of law is very much essential to ensure legal security to every individual. Without the rule of law the constitution becomes dormant. The gradual trend of lawlessness and increasing number of cases of taking law into hands or forcefully enforcing their views on others, calls for serious note on destabilisation of law.

“Brother and sister are prevented from going out together and it adds out to the mess if the brother has a beard, which is ridiculous. It is sheer violation of the dictum of the Constitution. People can not lead a healthy life”, he said an added that it is at this juncture that legal fraternities should work to strengthen the law.

Reaching out
It is difficult to educate every individual regarding law in this country where illiteracy is rampant, however attempts may be made in the direction spreading minimum legal awareness required for daily affairs, he said. He urged the Bar Association to tie up with Legal Service Authority and other legal educational institutions to reach out to as many as possible.

Information on provisions of law affecting common man and other legal rights should be delivered through mass media to the lay man. When it comes to Constitutional allowances and other government beneficiary programmes, people rarely receive the privileges of the programmes. Bureaucracy and corruption play a crucial role. Lawyers should rise above self interest and take care that police do not exceed legal limits, he reiterated.

It would be a sad day for law makers when people lose hopes on judiciary and go in search of under world dons to settle their disputes. Early disposal of cases is the need of the hour. Litigations should be redressed immediately to avoid further hassles. Bench and Bar should work amicably and there should be no space for blame game, he added.
Speaking after inaugurating the programme, District and Sessions Judge K B Chengappa opined that social justice has been denied to majority of the people. Slow process in the disposal of cases will make people reluctant to seek judicial help, he added.

Udupi District Bar Association President C Vijay Hegde, Vaikunta Baliga Law College Principal Prakash Kanive, Civil Judge Savithri Bhat and others were present.