: Everybody should be aware of legal rights and judicial system but ignorance of the law is not an excuse, according to Principal District Sessions Judge J. Prabhudas.

At a programme on ‘Legal awareness for women,’ organized by the District Legal Services Authority in association with the Palsamaya Kootamaippu at St. Mary’s College here on Thursday, the Judge appealed to the girl students to educate women on their rights.

Though courts and police stations exist, women should learn to protect themselves in society.

The District Judge said help would be ensured to students to get birth certificates through legal aid. Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, K. Karunanidhi, said stringent laws on crimes against women had been enacted.

He said people could easily obtain justice through legal services authority, which is within the reach of the public.