KARNATAKA

Resolve disputes through compromise, says judge

BELLARY, AUG. 14. Legal awareness among people in rural areas and settling minor disputes through compromise would help reduce litigation, B.S. Reddy, District and Sessions Judge, Bellary, has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating "Kanoonu - Arivu mathu neravu," a programme organised by the District Legal Services Authority in association with the Vanenur Gram Panchayat and the Bellary Bar Association. K. Yerriswamy, president of the panchayat, presided. Mr. Reddy said that the main aim of the Authority was to extend free legal aid to the downtrodden. He urged people in rural areas to try and solve minor disputes through compromise. He said that spreading legal awareness could help bring down litigation.

The president of the Bellary Bar Association, Ayyappa, said that it was essential for all to be aware of the law. He called upon the farmers to approach the judiciary to get their grievances redressed. C.M. Veerbhadraiah, who spoke on law and women's issues, said that education alone would enable women to become independent and self-reliant. Y. Ranganath, advocate, who spoke on the Hindu Law and Undivided Family, said that the head of the family had to play a predominant role and it was essential for him to be legally aware.

T. Anjinappa, member of the taluk panchayat; B.K. Nayak, Chief Judicial Magistrate and secretary of the Legal Service Authority; Kurgodappa, judge; Uded Basavaraj, former chairman of the State Bar Council; Koteshwar Rao, secretary of the Bar Association; and B.V. Basavaraj, government pleader, were present.

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