Amritsar: A two-day long seminar on legal awareness commenced today at Khalsa University in which the legal luminaries focused on the women rights and the need to sensitize the general public about the need to curb atrocities on women and children. The seminar which was organized by Punjab State Commission for Women in association with National Commission for Women primarily focused on issues of domestic violence, rights of women, free legal aids and juvenile justice.
The seminar was presided over by the District Session Judge Gurbir Singh who narrated the details legal history of women rights protection by the judiciary citing various examples. He also stated that even the United Nations has declared that the women rights are the human rights and the atrocities on the women need to be curtailed through the widespread use of the legal provisions.
Earlier KU Vice Chancellor Dr.SS Chahal while welcoming guest speakers stressed on the need for legal knowledge awareness. He said the women and children are most vulnerable in the present society which is witnessing rise in the crime and atrocities. ``The seminars like these make the general public aware about how they can make use of the legal provisions for their protection'', said Dr. Chahal.
Member of the State Commission for Women Kiranpreet Kaur Dhami meanwhile gave detailed account of the institution of the Commission and how it was working for the protection of the basic rights of the women. She however cautioned the women not to misuse the provisions of law. She gave an example of the large scale distortion of IPC section 598 for dowry harassment which is meant for the protection of women rights but sometimes misused to settle scores.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Girish Bansal gave description how the legal service authorities were providing free legal aid to the victims especially the women and said that any women who face violence or atrocity can get the help from the legal cells. A Sikh historian from Holland Bhupinder Singh also spoke on the occasion. In his vote of thanks KU Registrar Dr.JS Dhillon said that such deliberations help the women to know their rights and duties. KU Dean Academics Dr.Raghbir Singh, Dean, Students Welfare Dr SK Mahal, Director, Research, Dr.RK Dhawan were present.