WDLSA conducts legal awareness

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Dimapur, June 17: Wokha District Legal Services Authority (WDLSA) conducted legal awareness on “basic rights of prisoners on June 16.
Speaking on legal services clinic and right to legal aid, Meribemo Lotha, Panel Lawyer WDLSA and in-charge district jail said that poverty, social and economical backwardness and lack of legal awareness are the reasons for which some underprivileged inmates are unable to defend their case denying them of their basic rights as enshrined in article 39a of the constitution of India.
He said that in order to assist the underprivileged jail inmates in contesting their case the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority had opened up a legal services clinic at district jail Wokha, deputing a panel lawyer to assist the underprivileged inmates through free legal aid.
Highlighting on rights of prisoners, David Ezung, Panel Lawyer WDLSA said that under Article 14, equality before law, whether prisoner or innocent citizens are protected by the constitution of India.
Speaking on rights of an arrested person, Renbonthung Tsanglao, Panel Lawyer WDLSA said that whoever is arrested he/she should be inform of the grounds of arrest, which is a statutorily recognized rights of an arrested person to be informed about the grounds of arrest and some sections of law also imposes a legal duty to communicate the arrested person grounds of /her arrest without any delay.
He informed that no person shall be detained in custody without being informed of the grounds for such arrest.
Appraising on Lok Adalat with emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, Gracy Ezung, Retainer Lawyer WDLSA said that Lok Adalat is a forum where disputes pending in the court are settled through compromise. She informed that the decision or decree of Lok Adalat is final and binding.
An Interaction and case study on prisoners was also held. (Page News Service)