In an initiative to make young people aware of law, the Punjab Legal Service Authority (PLSA) on Saturday organised the first-ever inter-college legal literacy youth festival here.
It will hold the festival in every part of the state to enable youth to become responsible citizens and aware law. More than a dozen colleges of the district participated in the first legal literacy festival at Litigants' Hall on the district courts campus. District and sessions judge Gurbir Singh inaugurated the festival.
Students representing different colleges participated in poetry recitation, photography, declamation, slogan-writing, poster-making, histrionics and PowerPoint presentation contests. The winners advanced to the zonal leg of the event to be held in Bathinda on November 17.
"The event will create legal awareness among all citizen through youth," said district and sessions judge Gurbir Singh. "Our focus is to promote the awareness of laws against corruption, female foeticide, drug abuse, dowry, crime against women, and pollution, besides highlighting the legal rights of children, women and senior citizens." The PLSA plans to form legal literacy clubs in colleges.
Kawaljit Singh, secretary of the district legal services authority, talked about the concepts of legal assistance, legal aid clinics, and Lok Adalat. "Not limited to providing the poor with free-of-cost consultancy, the role of the legal service authority includes bringing them early justice," he said.
Deputy commissioner Amit Dhaka was the other speaker. The gathering paid tributes to comedian Jaspal Bhatti, who had died in a car accident a few days ago. Festival's winners: Kuldip Singh, NM College Mansa (photography); Inderjit Kaur, NM College (poster making); Vishavpreet Singh, Milkha College, Bareta (PowerPoint presentation); and Laxmi, SS Jain College, Mansa, (poetry recitation).