Chandigarh November 10- Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court Mr. A. K. Sikri has urged the students to raise voice against wrongs like child labour being practiced in their surroundings.
Mr Sikri, who is also Patron-in-Chief of Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA), was addressing a gathering in a programme organized in Gurgaon. He exhorted the students to help in providing justice to the poor and illiterate by making them aware about their rights.
Mr. Sikri pointed out that inspite of laws, certain illegal things happen around us. This is because we see them and we ignore them. Citing example, Mr Sikri said that recently Right To Education (RTE) Act has been introduced, according to which all children from 6 to 14 years of age have been given right to get education. Under the Act, even the private schools were bound to give admission to 25 per cent students from weaker sections of the society. Referring Rabinder Nath Tagore’s poem, he said, when the sun sets in the evening, the onus of spreading light lies on a small lamp made of mud, similarly, students will have to play the role of that ‘ lamp’ for Legal Services Authority in spreading legal awareness in the society.
He said that lessons in basic laws would be made part of the curriculum of schools so that the students know about their legal rights and they could tell about the rights to those who are unaware of it, especially the poor and illiterate. A small book, comprising lessons on basic laws, was being published by HALSA which would be taught in schools as a compulsory subject.
Mr Sikri said that the Authority was working on the principle of ‘justice to all’, therefore those who did not come to courts or those who were not aware that their rights were being violated, need to be told about it. They need to be guided where to go and who should be contacted. It is on this aspect, the students can assist the Authority. He said that the students would also be benefitted through Legal Literacy Clubs on three accounts. First , they would come to know about their rights. Secondly, they would be able to disseminate that knowledge among others because justice can be sought only when one knows that his certain right is infringed. Third, they themselves would be legally empowered to ask their teachers and parents for their rights. This would help in spreading legal awareness among the society to make the world a better place to live.
Terming female foeticide as a curse, Mr Sikri questioned that these days when girls were outshining boys in every field and every competition, then why hate girls.
Mr Sikri also inaugurated a Legal Literacy Club in Amity International School of Sector 43, Gurgaon. He also went around the exhibition of paintings, rangolis, posters, clay models made by students in competitions held during the National Legal Literacy Week in Gurgaon. The outstanding students who bagged positions in these competitions were honoured by Mr Justice Sikri.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman of HALSA and Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mr Satish Kumar Mittal said that National Legal Mission was constituted in 2005, since then we have been trying in various ways to spread legal awareness but the purpose seems to be fulfilled now with the involvement of students. He said in the first phase, students of all government and aided schools and colleges were involved and now, in second phase, literacy clubs were being opened in all private schools and colleges of the state.
The Secretary of HALSA, Deepak Gupta said that till now such clubs have been opened in 1544 Senior Secondary Schools and 171 colleges. District and Sessions Judge of Gurgaon, Dr B B Parsoon said that more than 300 educational institutions participated in the competitions organized on various topics of law in Gurgaon.