Knowing your rights as a citizen is very important and that’s when LawForMe steps in. Legal jargon can indeed be very complicated but it is still important for citizens to know their rights and to challenge injustice when they come face to face with it. When someone says the word ‘law’, for some reason most of us (including me) have this image of professional looking people wearing black gowns and sometimes even wigs, holding a long scroll which consists of words that none of us outside the field of law can ever comprehend. However, the law is something which all of us or most of us at least, should have a basic understanding of because after all it is meant to protect us from different problems that we face. Being ignorant or thinking that even basic knowledge is unnecessary can place one in a vulnerable situation when a crisis arises. Therefore, this post will be discussing about 3 important yet very simple rights that every Indian citizen should know and be equipped with.
To be honest, when I was told to write a post on something law-related, I was intimidated. I mean just looking at the amount complicated literature that legal text consisted of, I started doubting myself. Coming from an International Studies background, should have moulded me into someone who could deconstruct any text and unwrap complicated jargons but I was wrong. As I read through several articles and texts, trying to find a topic that would inspire me to write, I thought my research would be short lived. That is, until I came across several laws which were so simple yet extremely important.
There are many reasons why many, especially women are scared to seek help from the police or are hesitant to actually go to the police station to make a complaint. These reasons span out from, feeling embarrassed about lodging a complaint to not having the means to go to the police station, whatever the reason – the number of unreported crimes increase every year. Therefore, due to the advent of technology, life has been made much easier. Just by clicking on this link, women are able to lodge a complaint or even provide suggestions as to how public safety for women can be improved. This website was launched by the Delhi Police in order to address problems that are experienced by women and through this initiative they hope to create a safe space for women to be able to submit a complaint without fearing for their safety.
Two other interesting laws that are not practiced nationwide but are under the constitution and are useful to know are, Article 15 and 16. Article 15 states that, “The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.” Article 16 then goes on to state, “There shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment to any office under the State.” These two articles are very much related to one another as it prevents citizens from being discriminated regardless of race, gender, religion etc. This is especially true when seeking a job; employers have a responsibility under the state to hire employees based on their skills and credentials, not based on their race, gender or religion.
Knowing these rights and laws may not seem very important right now, but it is nevertheless necessary to be well informed and to know that these basic rights are there to protect citizens (and by citizens, I mean you). By being well equipped with this knowledge, you are contributing to a more aware society.
About the Author: Nyoomi is from Malaysia and is pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Social Science). She has a passion for politics and international relations (no, she doesn’t want to be a politician!) She loves keeping up with the news and hopes to become a political analyst one day!