KOHIMA, November 11: Along with the rest of the country, the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) of Dimapur, Mokokchung, Kiphire, Tuensang, Wokha, Peren, Longleng, Phek, Kohima and Zunheboto observed Legal Services Day at their respective district on November 9.
The DLSAs commemorated the day through commendation ceremony, legal awareness in schools, door-to-door campaign and setting up help desk for the public. At the same time the DLSAs also kicked off the 10 days door-to-door campaign from November 9 to 18.
The Legal Services Day is observed every year in India in November to lay emphasis on legal literacy and increase legal awareness amongst the masses especially those who live in far off areas and where legal literacy is lacking.
While, the objective of the door-to-door campaign is to make weaker and marginalized sections of society aware about the existence of legal services institutions and availability of free legal services. To make people aware about legal services clinics, front offices and legal aid help line numbers and to identify people who are in need of legal assistance but have not taken recourse to justice delivery system on account of economic or other disability.
Awareness about the availability of free legal services will act like a catalyst which would enable the weaker and downtrodden aggrieved masses to assert their rights and approach the justice delivery mechanism for redressal of their grievances. This will lead to empowering of poor and weak.
The door-to-door campaign is one of the most effective ways to apprise public about the activities being carried out by an Institution. It is face to face, so it increases the likelihood that persons contacted will remember messages.
Teams of Para-Legal Volunteers headed by panel lawyers in the 11 districts of Nagaland will be reaching out to the people at the doorstep through legal literature consisting of pamphlets, brochures, booklets etc. in English and local dialect.
(Page News Service)