Friday, March 23, 2012

Legal Services Cadet Corps (LCC) in High Schools on the lines of NCC and NSS to increase legal literacy in the country

There is an urgent requirement to establishment of LCC in schools along with the existing (at a few states) Legal Literacy Clubs would help in the growth of legal literacy. The LCC students may also have an objective to watch from within their own community, people who are vulnerable and need access to legal services.

There are political, social and economic reasons which prevented the community from getting access to legal service where their actionable entitlements could be denied. LCC students can find these cases of injustice and help them avail legal services at Taluk Legal Services Authority or District Legal Services Authority. As there are Legal literary clubs in many schools, for eg Kerala has it in 200 to 300 schools, and schools in Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra too have LCC. As per the sources more than 90 per cent of the population is ignorant of the existing laws and because of that they don't know what to do in a crisis situation and this in fact is disempowering them apart from the mental inhibitions which are a resultant effect.  As common saying goes ignorancia facti execusat ignorancia legis non execusat (Ignorance of fact can be excused but ignorance of law is not). Making everybody aware about the existing laws is a big challenge where around one fourth population of India is illiterate.

Prof. (Dr.) Tabrez Ahmad,
Program Director 
Allaince College of Law, Alliance University,
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