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Peace will prevail only when people’s rights and dignity are protected: Chief Justice of India : The Tribune India

New Delhi, May 14

Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana said on Saturday that peace will only prevail when people’s dignity and rights are recognized and protected.

The CJI, who made the remarks after laying the foundation stone for a new complex of high court buildings in Srinagar, stressed that mere laws are not enough to build tradition, it takes men with high ideals to instill life in the skeleton of the law.

“The denial of justice would eventually lead to anarchy. Soon the judicial institution would be destabilized as people would seek out-of-court mechanisms. Peace will only prevail when the dignity and rights of people are recognized and protected.” In the speech, he quoted poet Ali Jawad Zaidi to reflect his sentiments and famous Urdu poet Rifat Sarfarosh.

“As the poet Raja Basu, an admirer of Kashmir, observed, Jammu and Kashmir is the confluence of three great religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. It is this confluence that is at the heart of our plurality which must be supported and cherished,” said Justice Ramana.

He stressed that for the functioning of a healthy democracy, it is imperative that the people feel that their rights and dignity are protected and recognized, and that the prompt resolution of disputes is the hallmark of a healthy democracy.

“Mere laws are not enough to build tradition in a country. It takes men of indelible character inspired by high ideals to breathe life and spirit into the skeleton of laws,” the CJI said.

“Dear judges and judicial officers, you play a very important role in our constitutional system. The common man has always considered the judiciary as the ultimate guardian of rights and freedoms.” He said that litigants often experience a lot of psychological stress and they may be illiterate, ignorant of the law and have various financial problems and judges should try to put them at ease.

Justice Ramana said sadly that after independence, the judicial infrastructure has not been revamped to meet the growing needs of modern India.

“We are way behind in making our courts inclusive and accessible. Unless we urgently address this, the constitutional ideal of access to justice will be defeated… The state of the justice infrastructure across the country is far from satisfactory. Courts operate from rented accommodation and in deplorable conditions.” The CJI added that one of the main challenges to the protection of the rule of law and human rights is the inability of the formal justice system to provide quick and affordable justice for all.

“The justice delivery mechanism in India is very complex and expensive. The judiciary must be at its best level of innovation to ensure that the challenges to its functioning are met through just and constitutional measures,” he said. stated and added that in a country like India, where a vast digital divide still exists, much remains to be done to harness the full potential of technological innovations.

Quoting Winston Churchill, the CJI said: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us… While the people who will occupy this building are the members of the bar, the judiciary and their support staff, we must not forget that the central point of any justice delivery system is the litigant, who is the seeker of justice. » IANS

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