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Saturday , February 22 , 2014
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Law students on rights spree

Chanakya National Law University is helping scores of students to become lawyers who, in turn, are educating the masses about their rights under the Constitution.

As part of their social responsibility, close to 100 students from the law cradle’s different batches have been visiting nearby slums to educate the people on their rights.

The registrar of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), S.P. Singh, said: “The institute’s students, who are also National Service Scheme volunteers, have been visiting nearby slums since February 17. They are out educating people about their rights and constitutional protection. It will continue till February 24 as part of the launch of National Youth Policy 2014.”

Under the programme, the students select a theme every day and then present nukkad nataks (street plays) to educate the people against social evils and protection guaranteed by the Constitution. The students also took out a peace march on Friday from the campus.

The theme taken up by the students on Friday was prohibition (alcohol and drug). CNLU student Nilesh Tiwari said: “Through the nukkad natak, we tried to send a message to the people how a family could be destroyed economically and socially if the bread earner was a drunk.”

Singh said the students not only try to spread a message, but also create awareness on the constitution protections open to a person, if say he/she is arrested. On Friday, the students informed the people about the warrant of arrest, a written order issued by a court to a police officer to arrest and produce an offender or to search his premises.

The social campaign undertaken by the students is part of the launch of the National Youth Policy 2014 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan by the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan is a scheme launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to bring about a turnaround in sports infrastructure.

Under the scheme, regular competitions would be held at blocks, districts, as well as state- and national-level. The government would provide funds every year for these competitions.

As part of National Youth Policy 2014, educational institutions across the country are organising National Service Scheme camps to educate people about their rights and duties. The policy provides a holistic vision for the country’s youths to ensure their empowerment.