Everything possible should be done to enhance awareness about legal rights among tribal groups, said the District and Sessions Judge R. Premkumar here on Saturday.

He was participating as the chief guest in a seminar on legal rights organised by the Nilgiris District Legal Services Authority, the All India Radio and the Vanavaasi Sevakendram.

Highly beneficial

He said that the changes brought about over the years are now highly beneficial to tribal women and children.

The Superintendent of Police, S. Nizamuddin, said that optimum use should be made of such programmes which are being organised periodically.

He added that tribals should not hesitate to seek the help of the police.

The Chairman, Free IAS Academy, Manjai V. Mohan said that tribals should give equal importance to preservation of culture and education of their children.

The Station Head, All India Radio, Madhavi Ravindranath, explained the objectives of the programme.

While K. Ananthakrishnan, an advocate, spoke on prisoners’ rights, K. Vijayan, an advocate, explained the salient features of the Forest Rights Act, R. Revathy, also an advocate, highlighted provisions of the Human Rights Act and Latha Balasubramaniam, another advocate, urged the tribals to ensure that they register events like birth, marriage and death.

A cultural programme and distribution of saplings marked the occasion.