Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March, 24, 2018: Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today inaugurated Two Day North East Lady Advocates’ Conference, organised by Adhivakta Parishad, Manipur in association with Legal Cell, Manipur University at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan Imphal.
Heptulla said that Democracy in the country rests on legislature, judiciary and executive. True democracy thrives where these three pillars are well-balanced. Under the sacrosanct guidelines of the Indian Constitution, their roles are well-defined and complement to each other. The democratic system in the country is likely to be hobbled if the three pillars act discordantly. The judiciary is recognised as the guardian of law and it is the Advocates who enable effective delivery of justice. The world today is well-informed and the citizens are very conscious of their rights and duties under the law. Moreover, it is an age where accessibility to justice is of prime consideration and ‘justice at your doorstop’ is the tagline. The responsibility of the lawyer fraternity in such a scenario has multiplied manifold.
The governor added that Akhil Adhivakta Parishad is an all India organisation of lawyers working for national renaissance. Since its inception in 1992, the Parishad is trying to unite all nationalist lawyer organisations in the country to work for resurrecting national and patriotic spirit among the Advocates, to make them conscious of the social problems and involve them in providing solutions to the same. The conference is one such initiative of the organisation to better equip the lady advocates in the North East to meet the gender related challenges and human rights violations. Though women in the North Eastern states generally enjoy a more liberal space in the society than their counterparts in other parts of the country, they do have their share of domestic and societal woes and hoped for a transformation in these regions.
Weightlifter Padmashree S. Mirabai Chanu, social worker R.K. Mema and women activist G. Satyabhama were felicitated. As Mirabai Chanu is in abroad, her mother Tombi Leima represented.
Vice President and General Secretary of Adhivakta Parishad, Meira Kharakar and Binodkumar Roy, President Adhivakta Parishad, Manipur I. Jugeshwar Singh and Secretary Adhivakta Parishad Manipur and also the Additional Advocate General Salam Rupachandra were on the dais. Lady advocates of the north eastern region except from Arunachal Pradesh attended the programme.