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Laws - Lesson Summary

The Indian legal system is a set of laws, specified in the constitution, that every Indian citizen must obey.

Citizen participation is critical in law making as they are the best judge on how laws need to evolve. Through the use of TV reports, newspaper editorials, radio broadcasts and local meetings citizens are able to share their views.

In 2005 Parliament passed the Right to Information Act to help citizens openly question what their government was doing. For instance, the Hindu Succession Act was criticized for its bias towards men and disregard for women.

Lobbying another form of protest is the continuous act of trying to influence lawmakers. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 came into effect owing to the increasing domestic violence.

Citizens can publicize the need for new laws and the laws must apply equally to all citizens.

It is only when citizens are willing to fight unfair laws that changes take place. The courts can be approached as they have the power to modify laws that they don’t adhere to the Constitution. During British rule in India, laws were arbitrarily applied. The Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary now work together to create, enforce and uphold Indian laws.


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