[mpisgmedia] Conclave on legal literacy to slums [sigh]

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Daily Pioneer, 02/08/05

Conclave on legal literacy to slums

Staff Reporter/ New Delhi

Over 30 per cent of the population in the Capital
lives in slums but there is no legal literacy among
its dwellers.

Delhi University's (DU) Campus Law Centre (CLC) is
organising a two day conclave on legal literacy,
awareness and aid to slum dwellers related to their
rights and responsibilities, from August 17.

Titled "Slums: Reality, Understanding and Solution,"
it will focus on the genesis of the slum in
perspective of sociological, demographical and
political issues. "Majority of the slum dwellers are
not aware of their rights related to housing and
freedom from eviction.

They are not even aware that they should have the
provisions of basic civic amenities and livelihood of
slum dwellers including food, water, electricity,
education, healthcare, public distribution system and
human dignity," said Prof Rajiv Khanna, the
prof-in-charge, CLC.

Various issues including law and order in the slums
related to the attitude of the criminal justice
system, the contribution of the slum dwellers on the
slums and urban development, the relationship of slums
and the state actors including judiciary, policy
makers and other state agencies.

And the relationship of the same with the non-state
actors like NGOs, social workers an corporate sectors.

Among the personalities to be present include Dr Kiran
Bedi, Justice A S Anand, chairman National Human
Rights Commission (NHRC), Justice YK Sabbharwal,
chairman of National Legal Service Authority (NLSA),
politicians like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Brinda Karat,
Sitaram Yechuri and several government officials.

"The objective is to sensitise the future lawmakers
and law practitioners about the problems of slums.
Moreover, it will be a platform for the social
activists and organisations to discuss about the slum
dwellers and their problems," said Prof Khanna.

"Even though some efforts are underway to combat the
menace of the slums' problems and resolve them within
the existing socio-political framework but still no
metropolitan city has been able to forge a commonly
acceptable practical solution," he added

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