The Network of International Legal Activists (NILA), a network of legal experts for protection of women and children in all the five continents, was launched on Thursday, with the express aim of offering legal counselling and support for women and children subjected to violence and violation of rights.
Lokayukta Justice Subhashan Reddy, while launching the network, advised the founders to start working from ground level and strengthen the women from the age of 14 by focussing on malnutrition and female foeticide.
Observing that India is good at making laws, but bad at enforcing them, Mr. Reddy said laws for compulsory registration of marriages, right to education, and against indecent representation of women are still to be implemented in full spirit. Awareness needs to be built towards the same, he said.
Women’s Commission Chairperson T. Venkataratnam lamented that the law against marital harassment was effected after many struggles, only to be diluted by a single judgement. She said the Indian laws need to be coordinated with the international laws so that cases filed here find resonance in US courts too. Mamatha Raghuveer, one of the two founders, said the network is being established so as to help women stranded in other countries. She, along with another lawyer Vasanthalakshmi Ravikumar, has founded the network.