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March for legal rights

Ranchi, Aug. 16: Freedom from legal ignorance.

With this aim, a padyatra was flagged off by Jharkhand High Court acting Chief Justice D.N. Patel from Nyay Sadan in Ranchi on August 15 to spread awareness about legal rights in remote villages.

An initiative by Jharkhand Legal Services Authority (Jhalsa), the drive will cover Santhal Pargana in the first phase with a team of 16 para-legal volunteers from Antarashtriya Manavadhikar Sangathan touring Deoghar, Sahebganj, Jamtara and Godda.

Donning tracksuit, walking shoes and a yellow sash of Jhalsa, the volunteers will travel across villages and block headquarters, informing people of their rights and how to access justice.

Flagging off the march, the Justice Patel said: “People come to court to find a solution to their disputes and troubles. We are trying to take the court to them for a change. People in the hinterland don’t have access to justice either due to illiteracy, ignorance or lack of resources. They get exploited and have no forum to approach for protection of their rights.”

The para-legal volunteers are trained personnel, who will identify the problems of the litigants and offer them suggestions, Justice Patel added.

Bihari Lal, a volunteer, said: “We will be walking for four to six days in each district. Similar programmes will be held in other districts as well.”

Antarashtriya Manavadhikar Sangathan’s national in-charge Madhav Shankar Pathak said the team also had female volunteers for reaching out to village women.

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