Justice Uday Umesh Lalit of the Supreme Court on Saturday stressed the need to make people aware about their rights and responsibilities.
Justice Lalit was speaking at the ninth annual function of the Student's Legal Literacy Mission, organised by the Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA) and the School Education Department, at Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology in Murthal.
"Besides their rights, people should also be made aware of their responsibilities enshrined in our Constitution so as to make them responsible towards society," he said.
Underlining the significance of legal literacy, he said the knowledge about the rights made a difference to the life of an individual.
He advised the students to be aware of their surroundings
besides attaining a complete knowledge of their rights.
He said the empowerment came with knowledge, so the students should come forward to enlighten the poor.
Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said legal, moral and education of nationalism should be imparted to students for building a strong and prosperous society.
He said while legal education would help in making people aware about their rights, moral education would inculcate high values among them, bringing down the number of litigations.
He said the education of nationalism assumed a special significance as a large number of people had sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.
Had the education of nationalism been imparted earlier, it would not have taken 68 years to revoke provisions under Article 370 of the Constitution with regard to Jammu and Kashmir, he said as per an official release.
Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated a convention centre at Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, which was constructed at Rs 42.08 crore.
He also laid the stone of a eco-friendly classroom complex on the university campus. The complex will come up at Rs 14.25 crore.
Justice Surya Kant of the Supreme Court described legal literacy as a powerful weapon that enabled people take the benefit of the rights enshrined in the Constitution.
He said the rights could only be translated into reality if people were made aware of these.
If you are fully aware of their rights and obligations, you would not allow any type of discrimination or injustice with your parents, brothers, sisters or neighbourers, he said.
Krishna Murari, Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and patron-in-chief, HALSA, said legal knowledge played a vital role in the social transformation and uplift of members of society.
He said keeping in view the lack of legal knowledge in society, Student's Legal Literacy Mission was launched in Haryana in the year 2009 to impart legal knowledge to the students.
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