Need to provide legal aid at doorsteps of underprivileged: SC judge
The need of the hour is to provide legal aid at their doorsteps, Justice Gogoi, who is also the Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NLSA), said today.
He was speaking at a one-day state-level conference on "Empowering the Marginalised through Legal Services" here.
"People are equal before the law, but the problem which is still persistent is that the marginalised are unaware of their legal right," he said.
Justice Ramana stressed upon sensitisation of the underprivileged. "Unfortunately legal aid is still treated as charity and people at the helm of affairs like lawyers, paralegal volunteers should come forward to make these people aware law, welfare schemes and policies," he added.
Acting Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Alok Aradhe, in his welcome address, said the aim of the conference was to make weaker and marginalised sections of the society aware about the existence of legal services institutions and availability of free legal services.
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