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Govt. urged to reach out to the disabled

A MEANINGFUL GIFT: The Supreme Court Judge, N. Santosh Hegde, releasing a Braille book giving information about the law, in Bangalore on Saturday. The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, N.K. Sodhi (left), and P. Vishwanatha Shetty, High Cour t Judge, are seen. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

A MEANINGFUL GIFT: The Supreme Court Judge, N. Santosh Hegde, releasing a Braille book giving information about the law, in Bangalore on Saturday. The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, N.K. Sodhi (left), and P. Vishwanatha Shetty, High Cour t Judge, are seen. — Photo: K. Gopinathan  

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The disabled should not be treated as an unproductive burden and the State has to play a proactive role to bring them to the mainstream, the Supreme Court Judge, N. Santosh Hegde, has said.

He was releasing a book, Jana Samanyarigadi Kanoonu Mahiti (Legal Awareness for the Common Man) in Braille here on Saturday.

Only through awareness of the laws can the disabled assert their rights, and the book will help the visually challenged in getting legal aid, he said.

The Government, Mr. Hedgde said, recently introduced a legal awareness programme to make the public more aware of the laws.

The book was published by the Karnataka Legal Services Authority a few months ago.

The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, N.K. Sodhi, said the book is a milestone in providing information about the law to the disabled.

Nagesh Bilwa, who wrote the Braille script for the book, was felicitated by Mr. Hegde. "It took only 45 days to finish the project," Mr. Bilwa, an official involved with a project for child welfare in Mysore Rural taluk, said. He is preparing the Braille script for a book, Salient Features of the Constitution of India, he added.

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