In the past two years, the city’s family courts have become a judicial forum, striking a fine balance between adjudicatory and conciliatory roles. This year, the courts have decided to get inspired by family’s youngest member and its brand ambassador – child.
In a unique approach, the Delhi high court committee on family courts has tried to forge a bond between art and law by making children express their thoughts on family life on canvas.
Continuing with their efforts to resolve domestic disputes amicably, family courts organised a painting competition, in which 865 students from 44 schools participated. The theme of the competition was ‘Bonds of Love: Dipped in Colours’.
Some of these works are now part of the ongoing exhibition at the high court premises. Some of the best artists were awarded by Supreme Court judges Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice TS Thakur, who inaugurated the exhibition. The paintings have also found space in the 2012 family courts calendar.
Explaining the concept behind the competition, high court judge Justice Hima Kohli said, “Family courts ensure speedy settlement of disputes related to marriage, grant of maintenance, family affairs, guardianship and custody of children. With the aim to promote, preserve and cherish the institution of family, we decided that the best person to catch hold of this is the child, an important stakeholder in any family dispute.”
Acting Delhi HC Chief Justice AK Sikri lauded the efforts of family courts and said the exhibition was dedicated to the fragments of family life captured by students. “It was a great idea to share such wonderful work. A child's thoughts on canvas would sensitise our judges towards matrimonial discords leading to difficult situations for the young ones,” he added.