Legal awareness is essential to safeguard rights of women, says district judge Priyadarshini

K M Dayashankar


KARIMNAGAR:  The Indian Constitution has provided equal rights for women along with the men in the country and they should get educated about their rights. There should not be any sort of restrictions on women’s freedom. Men and women are equal and no one is superior or inferior, said Karimnagar District Sessions Judge M G Priyadarshini.

She was speaking at an awareness programme for the women on legal issues organised by the district legal services authority at Revenue gardens in Karimnagar town on Saturday as part of Pan-India outreach and awareness programmes from October 2 to November 14 as part of Azadi Ka Amrit mahotsav. She said that legal awareness was essential to safeguard the rights of women.

The womenfolk should not get addicted to watching TV serials alone and they should get acquainted with the laws and their rights, she said. As part of the 75 years of Indian Independence, they had launched awareness programmes throughout the integrated Karimnagar district to educate all sections of society about their rights and provide free legal aid, she stated.

She said that the district legal services authority would provide legal aid to the people in civil and land disputes and also criminal cases. She added that they would be providing free legal assistance to the women, children and unorganised sector workers free of cost at the Nyaya Seva Sadan in the district court complex and also at the mandal level courts. She also said that they were settling several pending cases by organising Lok Adalats.

The district judge also said that the women should be arrested only by the women police personnel and they should not arrest any women after 6 pm. Any arrested woman should be produced before the court within 24 hours, she educated and informed the childless couple to adopt the orphan children only through the legal process to avoid complications at later stages.

Additional Collector Garima Agarwal said that the right to legal help was guaranteed in the Constitution and the people can approach the legal services authority for free legal aid if there was any problem and suppression of their rights. She informed the people to utilise the legal aid services which had arrived at the doorstep of the people.

District legal services authority secretary B Sujay Kumar empowered the womenfolk about the importance of legal awareness. First additional district judge Bhavani Chandra, Additional DCP Srinivas, MEPMA PD Ravinder, Karimnagar Bar association president Raghunandhan Rao, DRDO Srilatha, DMHO Dr Juveria and others were also present.

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