The Indian legal system has given a lot of power to its citizens. It is upon us to be aware of them and to use them judiciously.
Did you know that if your gas cylinder explodes, you are entitled to Rs. 40 lakh cover? Also, that a woman can lodge a complaint through an email if she can’t go to the police station. And here’s more: that you don’t have to pay the MRP for a product, you can buy for less! MRP is the maximum retail price and you can bargain for less. However, a shopkeeper cannot charge beyond the MRP.
There are many such rights bequeathed to the citizens of India. But unfortunately, most of us have a vague or very little information about the legal system and its tenets. It’s time to change that!
#KnowYourRights and be empowered.
~ You'e entitled to FREE LEGAL AID if you can't afford it.
~ GIVING BRIBE or DOWRY is as BIG as a CRIME as taking it or demanding for it.
~ Children between 6 and 16 have fundamental rights to FREE EDUCATION, if they can not afford it.
~ Police cannot use YOUR CONFESSION against you in court.
~ Only WOMEN officers can arrest women and must be present at the police station throughout.
~ Women can only be arrested BEFORE SUNSET.
~ Rape and sexual assault victims have right to anonymity and can not be FORCED to go to the police station for their statement.
~ Employers cannot give tedious work to PREGNANT women and are required to give 12 weeks of maternity leave.
~ KISSING or HUGGING in PUBLIC is NOT a crime!
~ Sons and daughters have EQUAL right to inheritance.
NOT KNOWING A LAW IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO BREAKING IT (Ignorance is not a defense!)
Amazed? The Indian legal system is certainly citizen-friendly. You just need to be aware of your rights.