Need better education facilities for girls: Balakrishnan

Emphasizing the importance of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson K.G. Balakrishnan on Thursday said there is a need for better education facilities for the girl child.

Addressing the valedictory session of a three-day training programme of principals and education officers of Kendriya Vidyalya Sangathan on human rights, Balakrishnan said, “Teachers can be instrumental in spreading a culture of human rights in the country by inculcating values in their students.”

“There is need for better education facilities for girl child,” a statement released here quoted the former chief justice of India as saying.

The programme is jointly organized by the commission and the Kendriya Vidyalya Sangathan in Delhi.

According to the statement, the training programme will deal with issues concerning human rights like the rights of persons with disability, child rights, Right to Education Act, manual scavenging, women’s rights, environment issues and rights of elderly persons

Need for effective enforcement of child rights: Experts

There are several laws to protect the rights of children in India but what is required is effective enforcement of these rights, prominent members of judiciary said here Saturday.

“There are laws for children in India but the challenge is to enforce them. Child is the supreme asset of the nation,” Justice Rakesh Saxena of Madhya Pradesh High Court in Jabalpur told the symposium on “Child Rights and Law”.

 

Several district judges, civil society organisations and state government departments are participating in the two-day symposium organised by Human Rights Law Network in partnership with Unicef office for Madhya Pradesh and the state department for women and child development.

 

The aim is to sensitise judiciary and senior government officials and to explore ways and means for strict implementation of these laws, said a Unicef official.

 

Justice S.K. Gangele of Gwalior bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court emphasised the need for effective implementation of laws related to child rights at the ground level.

 

“There is a need to engage workers at the grassroots level in the implementation of these laws,” he added.

Tania Goldner, chief of Unicef field office for Madhya Pradesh, said: “There is an urgent need to bring in higher level of enforcement and strengthen implementation of laws and schemes to let children enjoy their rights.”

Need to spread awareness on lok adalats: Chief Justice Misra

Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Dipak Misra Monday said it is the responsibility of the media to create awareness among the general public about lok adalats which help settle cases amicably.

He said lok adalats were meant for the public who need help, settlement and want their cases to be solved without any controversy and media should take up the responsibility to create awareness about them.

The next mega lok adalat is to be held Oct 24.

‘Lok adalat is a pathway for social engineering which has to be activated by helping those who are in a problem. We are committed to provide them relief and media should come forward in informing them about its benefits,’ said the chief justice.

He said that every case has a human face. ‘Some may feel it’s a small case but the person who has to appear in the court knows how big the case is for him. It is in this context that mega lok adalats are held to solve the matter amicably.’

‘We have to understand the problem that people are facing due to the pending cases. It is our duty to help them but it won’t be complete if the people for whom we are conducting lok adalats don’t appear before us,’ he added.

Speaking to reporters, he said that he has been holding meetings with senior officials of insurance companies, banks and financial institutions who have agreed to co-operate in solving disputes which have been pending for long.

‘We have received co-operation from all the bars and lawyers. We have asked them to see that if a lawyer from one of the parties doesn’t appear before us, he must be informed so that the matter is solved without losing anytime,’ said the chief justice.

Justice A.K. Sikri also said that dissemination of information is very crucial in making lok adalats a success.

‘We have requested officials and counsels to inform the parties before the listing of a case so that they come well prepared and the matter can be solved amicably. But people should also know about their case and about the lok adalats through media,’ he said.

‘We have spent lot of time working visiting district courts and studying cases and we felt that in most of the cases there should be pre-hearing where there is a possibility that the matter can reach a peaceful settlement,’ said Justice Vikramjit Sen.

He said that there is a common notion in accident cases that people won’t get their dues but its wrong.

‘We have managed to convince the insurance companies to come to a realistic amount so that people get the right compensation. But for this the public has to attend the pre-hearings to get a positive result out of their cases,’ he said.

Moily to Pranab: Need funds to dispose of cheque-bouncing cases

The union law ministry has approached the finance ministry for funds to set up special courts to dispose of over 38 lakh cheque-bouncing cases that constitute a major portion of the litigation backlog clogging the judiciary.

Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily has written to his colleague, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, to consider allocating funds for establishing the special courts in various states to adjudicate cheque-bouncing cases expeditiously, law ministry spokesperson Vijaya Laxmi said.

She, however, refused to quantify the funds asked for.

An official statement released Wednesday night said that Moily “stressed upon the need for setting up of special courts to deal with surmounting cases under section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act”.

The law minister sought funds for setting up special courts saying that “pendency of large number of cheque-bouncing cases tarnish the image of the country’s business environment”.

“Cases relating to dishonoured cheques affect business within and outside the country. The cheque-bouncing cases need to be speedily disposed of through this measure, lest litigants may lose faith in the judicial system. Speedy disposal of such cases would instil confidence,” the statement said.

The bouncing of a cheque is a criminal offence under the Negotiable Instruments Act, which is a central law.