Police inaction tops the list of complaints received by the Legal Awareness Centre put up at the Mansa Devi shrine for the Navratra fair. More than 50 per cent of the complaints are regarding inadequate or no action by the police. The Centres intervention has been sought to solve these problems.
While the Legal Awareness Centre has solved 355 cases within six days,people from various regions who visited the shrine have sought help under the centres white canopy. While some complaints are about policemen asking for bribe to file an FIR some are about not registering an FIR or any complaint at all, said Manbir Singh Rathi,a panel lawayer,adding,people from other states have also used our services.
The aggrieved are guided on what needs to be done when police denies action and are also told what would be the process to register a complaint against a policemen if required. We direct them to the right authority and many a times when the complainants are uneducated we do the paperwork for them as well, he added.
Meanwhile,many couples also come to Rathi with matrimonial problems. We have received complaints from many husbands about the misuse of dowry laws by their spouse, Rathi said.
There has been a significant increase in the number of complaints received by Legal Awareness Centre run by the District Legal Services Authority,Panchkula during its third stint at the Navratra fairs. While in April,it recorded 200 cases,the number of cases were 125 last year.