OBSERVING LEGAL SERVICES DAY

As we observe Legal Services Day today it is time to conduct a serious analysis of the status of justice delivery system of the world’s largest democracy post independence. It is a fact that improving the pace of justice delivery system which can be accessible and affordable for all is the best guarantee to the welfare of people of a nation. Unfortunately, the ground situation today is such that only the affluent and influential do get justice while the commoners continue to be eluded be it due to their inability to afford the ace lawyers or unawareness about their rights and last but not the least the inaccessibility factor. As such the Legal Services Day holds great significance especially in view of the fact that the aims and objectives behind observing this day are aimed at addressing the existing shortcomings in the legal and justice delivery system.  The main aim is to offer the free of charge, proficient and legal services to the people of weaker sections of society; organizing Lok Adalats to make safe the legal system operations and encouraging the righteousness of people on the equality basis. Multiple aid programmes and campaigns related to the legal awareness will be launched today. Moreover, given the current scenario across the nation, there is a dire need to focus on women, children and youth besides the students and children of the early age ensuring that they are made aware about the constitutional rights and laws relating to them. There is also need to make the people aware about the laws for prevention of child labour and rights of old parents besides opening welfare centers for such legal beneficiaries. As such it is time to emphasize on legal literacy and increase legal awareness amongst the masses especially those who live in far off areas where literacy and more importantly legal literacy is lacking. It is an irony that despite the constitutional provisions having elaborately vouched for a vibrant justice system there are multiple lacunae in the implementation part that have left a lot of scope for making the legal system quite effective today. Undoubtedly a robust, effective and democratized legal system is necessary to ensure that every citizen gets an equal access to justice and until this objective is achieved the underprivileged will continue to be eluded by justice. An effective legal system deserves to be equally swift, equally effective and equally impartial irrespective of the class to which the justice seeker belongs. It can’t be said that the nation has not made any forward movement in achieving an effective legal system because great strides have been made in breaking down age-old barriers since Independence. However there is much more that still needs to be done especially in view of vulnerability of many sections of the society to abuse and exploitation. So on this year’s Legal Services Day let all the stakeholders take a pledge to work relentlessly for an effective legal system because no system, no polity or society can survive where you fail to ensure justice.