Raise voice against social ills: Punjab and Haryana CJ

Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court A K Sikri on Saturday said legal education will be made part of school curriculum so that youth could spread legal awareness among the deprived section of the society and help fighting social ills.

Justice Sikri, who is also patron-in-chief of Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA), was addressing a gathering in a programme organised in Gurgaon.

He asked students to help in providing justice to the poor and illiterate by making them aware about their rights.

Sikri pointed out that in spite of laws, certain illegal things happen around us. "This is because we see them and we ignore them," he said, according to a Haryana Government release here.

Referring to a Rabindranath Tagore 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 educate those who are unaware of it, especially the poor and illiterate.

A book, comprising lessons on basic laws, was being published by HALSA, which would be taught in schools as a compulsory subject, he said.

Sikri said the Authority was working on the principle of 'justice to all', therefore those who did not come to courts or those who are not aware that their rights were being violated, need to be told about it.

Terming female foeticide as a curse, Sikri said that these days girls were outshining boys in every field and every competition, "then why hate girls."

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