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Legal literacy can help curb drug menace: Justice Kaul

Awareness of law and increased legal literacy can help curb the drug menace in Punjab,said Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Wednesday

Awareness of law and increased legal literacy can help curb the drug menace in Punjab,said Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Wednesday.

Kaul addressed the media after delivering a lecture to students of Classes XI and XII of the state through the EDUSAT network of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The EDUSAT network is an interactive satellite-based distance education system through which subject experts can deliver live lectures. Kaul is the patron-in-chief of Punjab Legal Services Authorities.

However,while the lecture was being delivered,there was a technological glitch which led to the absence of audio for around 15-20 minutes.

Kaul stressed the need for basic legal awareness among citizens,especially among the youth,so that they are not deprived of their rights,and do not forget their duties as well. He said if from an early age there was awareness of the legal ramifications of consuming and supplying illegal drugs,youngsters would be less prone to indulge in such activities. He also condemned the prevalence of female foeticide and infanticide in Punjab.

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”How can an entire generation come under the grip of drugs?” asked Justice Kaul,adding that the drug menace is a “major problem” which needs to be dealt with immediately. He said that the people of Punjab were hard-working and had achieved success both in India and abroad,but were currently being plagued by evils like drugs and female foeticide.

Replying to queries by the media,Justice Kaul said there has lately been an increase in the number of lower court judges due

to their “continuous

recruitment”.

He also said that the number of pending cases in the High Court had come down,although only marginally.

First published on: 05-09-2013 at 03:10 IST
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