Legal awareness is crucial for individuals to defend their rights and
contribute to the pursuit of justice. In India, the lack of awareness is a major
cause of the country's lag behind developed nations. Non-profit government
organizations, such as Hamari Pahchan, play a significant role in raising legal
awareness. Hamari Pahchan has organized campaigns like 'Dristhi' to instill life
skills and promote personality development. It also aims to bridge the gap
between privileged and underprivileged children by providing them with access to
digital devices and technology.
Legal awareness increases awareness of legal rights and remedies, improving
access to justice, especially for marginalized communities. Collaboration
between government, civil society organizations, and other parties is essential
for developing inclusive legal awareness programs. Hamari Pahchan aims to
fulfill the challenges faced by the Indian legal system, including high
litigation costs, disparities in legal access, inadequate legal knowledge, and
limited legal aid services.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse [ignorantia Juris non-excusat]. Even a layman
is expected to have a basic understanding of the law and his rights and
responsibilities. This empowers individuals to defend their rights and
contribute to the pursuit of justice. The lack of awareness in Indian society is
the cause of our country's lag behind developed nations. Is anyone arguing that
people in wealthy nations lack awareness? Without a doubt, no, because awareness
both precedes and follows development.
What is Legal awareness?
Legal awareness, also referred to as 'legal consciousness,' refers to an
individual's understanding and knowledge of the law. It involves educating
people about the law, its creation, application and the concept of the rule of
law. A person can demand justice only when he is aware of what is just and
unjust according to the law. Knowledge of the different organs and machinery of
the legal system encourages individuals to take action against injustice.
Non-profit government organizations are among the many groups that participate
in raising legal awareness (NGO). One such NGO is Hamari Pahchan, which is based
in New Delhi, India's legislative hub. Hamari Pahchan is a believer in honesty,
openness, fairness, and equity. It aspires to a world full of hope, tolerance,
and equity, where there is no poverty and everyone lives with a sense of dignity
Hamari Pahchan NGO and its projects related to education
Hamari Pahchan has organized several campaigns before. One such campaign or
project was 'Dristhi'. The project's objectives were to instill fundamental life
skills, give them the confidence to seize important chances for a bright future,
and promote overall personality development. This non-profit group arranged
weekly classes, outreach expansion, distribution drives for required extras like
textbooks and stationery, and programs for vocational training and personality
In the words of itself, "The number of children struggling with illiteracy in
India is alarming. As per the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) 32 million
children in India have never even seen the face of a school. Moreover, the
Education Ministry revealed that 29 million children do not have access to
necessary digital devices. Current scenario highlights the need to bridge the
gap between the privileged and the underprivileged children."
The NGO team further talks about their "Gadgetshala" initiative under this
project. Its main objective is to enhance a child's learning experience by using
technology and the internet to give Drishti Classes. Children are placed in
groups with mentors who help them along the way and make sure they have easy
access to resources.
Hamari Pahchan has undertaken numerous undertakings and initiatives, of which
this is just one example. With the current situation in mind, it intends to
start another effort aimed at raising legal knowledge.
Importance Of Legal Awareness:
- Hamari Pahchan describes several instances of how being aware about
one's rights can give them a sense of security.
- It increases awareness regarding legal rights and remedies which in turn
improves access to justice. It is particularly important for marginalized
communities, such as women, children and rural residents, as they face
multiple barriers to access legal support.
- It ensures that people are aware of their legal rights and
responsibilities, including key legal concepts like equality before the law
and protection from discrimination.
- It encourages legal compliance by educating people about their legal
responsibilities and the consequences of noncompliance.
- Legal awareness empowers people with the knowledge and tools they need
to report corruption and other forms of misconduct, resulting in a reduction
Legal knowledge is essential to upholding justice, law, and order in society.
Hamari Pahchan believes that by giving people and communities the information
and awareness of their rights and responsibilities as well as the means to seek
redress when those rights are violated, it empowers them.
Given the complexity of Indian law, legal knowledge is even more important.
Collaboration between the government, civil society organizations, and other
pertinent parties is also essential to developing inclusive legal awareness
programs and activities that are available to all.
NGO's efforts in realizing this issue
A legal awareness survey was conducted by a member of Hamari Pahchan which
showed results of how much legal awareness does common people possess. Upon
analyzing the results, it was concluded that only two people out of every ten
people knew their legal rights and how to defend themselves against injustice
done to them. But what about the others? Who will make the other eight people
aware about their legal rights and duties? Hamari Pahchan NGO strives to take
responsibility and fulfill it.
Not only NGOs but the government, too, has taken various initiatives before for
creating legal awareness among the citizens of its country. This NGO strives to
take this vision of government further and organize various legal awareness
campaigns around Delhi and spread a word of legal rights, with special emphasis
on the people of rural areas or people with less means of gathering information.
Afterall, it is not just the duty of a government but also the organizations as
well. As you may remember, during his remarks on National Legal Services Day,
our Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji stressed the importance of "Sabka
Nyaya" in addition to "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas." This NGO, therefore, feels it
is appropriate to bring up a number of issues and obstacles to accessing justice
at this time.
Among the concerns that plague us all are the high expense of litigation, the
disparity in the ability of each litigant to benefit from the legal system,
inadequate legal knowledge, onerous litigation procedures, and the caliber of
legal aid services accessible to the underprivileged and disenfranchised. Though
the legal aid camps, legal aid clinics and legal awareness programmes are being
conducted regularly, we still have a long way to go in creating awareness on
legal rights among the public in general and actual ways of getting redressal
through the legal system in particular.
'Hamari Pahchan' aims at fulfilling these gaps and promoting legal awareness
through their campaigns and projects for which it is obliged to welcome any
person who is willing to volunteer for this initiative and bring out the
positive impact in the society.
Apply here to be a volunteer for legal awareness campaign: