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Indian legal system contains a variety of laws, acts like The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act;  National Food Security Bill, 2011; Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill ; Special Economic Zones Act, 2005; Indian Forest Act 1927; Forest Conservation Act 1980; The Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers (Recognition of  Forest Rights) Act 2006; The Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 ; Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,1967; The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989; Employment Of Manual Scavengers And Construction Of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993;  Gram Nyayalaya Act, 2008; Right to Information Act, 2005; Legal Services Authorities Act; Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005;  Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, 1986; Juvenile Justice Act, 2000; Right to Education Act;  The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights & Full Participation) Act, 1995 and the Mental Health Act, 1987 etc.
some genuine questions shipmethis law
Indian laws and legal system and some genuine questions



But as a social activist i have some genuine doubts which i will be sharing through this post.


1. Are personal laws justified in secular India?

2. How an illiterate person can access legal service authority?

3. Is law a means of social change or an instrument of status quo?

4. The judiciary in the country today has come to enjoy enormous powers. It is not only the arbiter of disputes between citizens, between citizens and the state, between states and the union, it also, in purported exercise of powers to enforce fundamental rights, directs the governments to close down industries and commercial establishments, demolish jhuggis (huts), remove hawkers and rickshaw pullers from the streets, prohibit strikes and bandhs, etc. In short, it has come to be the most powerful institution of the state. (Prashant Bhushan, Securing Judicial Accountablity: Towards an Independent Judicial Commission at  http://www.sabrang.com/cc/archive/2008/march08/forum.html). Do you agree with Prashant Bhushan’s views.

5. Public streets, of which  pavements form a part, are primarily dedicated for the purpose  of passage  and, even  the pedestrians have but the limited right of  using pavements for the  purpose  of passing and  repassing.  So  long as a  person  does not transgress the limited purpose for which pavements are made, his use  thereof is  legitimate and lawful. But, if a person puts any  public property  to a  use for  which  it  is not intended and  is not authorised so  to use it, he becomes a trespasser. Why?

6. “The right to life is illusory without a right to the protection of the means by which alone life can be lived. And,  the right to life can only  be taken  away or abridged by  a procedure established by law, which has to be fair and  reasonable, not  fanciful or arbitrary such.” (Olga Tellis vs Bombay Municipal Corporation,1985 SCC  (3) 545) How this law is relating to the right to live in India.


7. “Justice meted by the State cannot bypass complex socio-political questions of violence against women by punishing rapists by death. Death penalty is often used to distract attention away from the real issue – it changes nothing but becomes a tool in the hands of the State to further exert its power over its citizens.” (Statement by Women's and Progressive Groups condemning Sexual Violence and Death Penalty). How far do you  think strong laws can help reduce the incidents of sexual crimes in society.

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