Ignoring legal education post-independence was the cause for the low rate of legal literacy among all sections of the society, said Karnataka High Court judge H.N. Nagamohandas.

Inaugurating the legal awareness programme organised for members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on the High Court campus here on Saturday, Mr. Nagamohandas said legal education was not given priority on a par with medical or technical education. This resulted in ignorance of law and affected everyone adversely, he said. The programme was organised by the High Court Legal Services Committee, in association with the Department of Social Welfare.

It was a pity that in a country with 120 crore population only 10 per cent of people approach courts for justice, he said. The legal services authorities provide free legal aid for those who could not approach courts otherwise, he said.

Mr. Nagamohandas pointed out that hundreds of laws passed and enacted post-independence had not generated the expected results. The main reason for it was the lack of legal awareness among the target group. “We have not yet reached the height where laws were implemented and benefits were extended to the target groups automatically. Hence, it was essential target groups possessed knowledge of laws to safeguard their interests,” he said. Superintendent of Police B. S. Lokesh Kumar, and B.R. Ambedkar Development Corporation district manager Ashok Jangannavar were present.