Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Judiciary to play important role against social evils

Gagandeep Ahuja
Punjabnewsline.com, March 13, 2007

PATIALA: The judiciary is going to take strongest measures for the eradication of the social evil of female foeticide as if not check in time than it will create a social imbalance because of the increasing male-female ratio in the society. This was stated by the additional district and sessions judge, Bhupinder Singh while delivering his presidential address in a seminar here on Monday to celebrate the national legal aid week for women.

The seminar was being organized by the district legal services authority, Patiala in collaboration with all India human rights association, Patiala unit as per the directions of national legal services authority, New Delhi and the guidance of justice M.M.Kumar, Judge, Punjab and Haryana high court, Chandigarh as well as the district and sessions judge, Patiala cum chairman, district legal services authority, Patiala, Inderjit Singh Walia. The seminar was organized in the auditorium of the government medical college here. The seminar was also attended among others by K.K.Kareer, civil judge (senior division)-cum- secretary, district legal services authority, Patiala, Lt.col.(Retd.)Bishan Dass, district chief all India human rights association, Patiala, Brig. (Retd.) D.S.Grewal, Satinder Kaur, Suman Batra (social workers) and Dr Sarita Aggarwal and many others.

While delivering his presidential address on this occasion Bhupinder singh also elaborated the various enactments which have been brought forth by the constitution and other laws to protect the rights of the women. He also stressed that female foeticide is required to be curbed at every cost and said that the judiciary is going to take strict measures against it with a view to save the society from this social evil. He also warned the doctors to be careful in future as they would not be able to escape the net of law and would be treated like any other criminals if they are caught violating the provisions of the PNDT Act. He also held responsible the literate class in comparison to illiterates for encouraging the female foeticide as the cases of the femicide were generally reported from urban areas instead of the rural areas. He also exhorted the women class to come forward to protect their own rights under the provisions of the constitution. He said that the constitution has provided them right of equality in their parental property too.
On the other hand secretary of the district legal services authority-cum-civil judge (senior division), K.K.Kareer while speaking on this occasion also exhorted every body to join hands for the proper implementation of the laws enacted for the social security of women and added this is possible only with a changed mind set. He said that illiteracy is the root cause for the awarness among the women for their rights as per the data only 39 per cent women in the country were literate and asked the women to increase their number in the literacy race. Whereas the district chief of the all India human rights association,Patiala unit, Lt.Col (Retd.) Bishan Dass in his address while feeling sorry for the plight of the women exhorted the younger generation to come forward for the proper eradication of the social evils from the country for the creation of a prosperous society.