Legal Awareness Programme on Crimes Against Women

event-photos A legal awareness programme was initiated in the college under the aegis of the National Legal Services Authority (NLSA). The South West District Legal Services Authority [DLSA (SW)] organised a talk for staff and students on the topic of “Women’s Rights” on 30th September 2014 in the multipurpose hall of the college. It was felt that it was necessary to sensitise and to raise the awareness of the students towards their legal rights and laws in the current atmosphere of increasing violence against women. The Principal, Dr Purabi Saikia welcomed the guests and the Secretary of the Staff Council, Dr Amrita Mehta conducted the programme.

The Secretary of the DLSA(SW), Mr Harjyot Singh Bhalla, who is also a magistrate at the Dwarka court; addressed the students and staff. Mr. Bhalla, an alumni of St. Stephens and Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, declared that female foeticide and infanticide through illegal sex determination tests was the first level of discrimination against women. He further went on to discuss women’s education, legal age of marriage, stalking, voyeurism, cyber crime, acid attacks, property and inheritance rights, domestic violence and provisions for legal remedies. The students actively participated and interacted with the speaker to query, clarify and understand the legal position on various issues that concerned them. Mr Bhalla informed the audience that every woman was entitled to a legal counsel free of cost in case of any litigation.

The talk was appreciated by the students for the wide range of information it disseminated. A proposal to set up a Legal Cell in the college under the patronage of DLSA(SW) was initiated. Students of the college would be members of the cell and will conduct awareness and outreach programmes at regular intervals.