Mangaluru: Women Have Equal Rights on Property – DS Judge Uma on World Cancer Day

Mangaluru: District Legal Services Authority in association with the District Lawyers Guild, District Women and Child welfare department and District Police Department organized a breast cancer awareness programme and workshop on “Indian Succession Act”, at Ann’s College of Education, Rosario here on February 6.

The programme began with the state anthem. Senior Civil Judge and Member Secretary District Legal Services Authority Ganesh B welcomed the gathering. The programme was inaugurated by the Principal District and Sessions Judge, Uma M G by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries on the dais.

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Addressing the gathering Uma said that, on February 4, we have observed the World Cancer Day and to mark this day we have organized a breast cancer awareness programme for the Women police and Anangawadi workers. She further said that when we hear about someone suffering from cancer we feel bad but, we are not think that we may also be a victim of cancer. We are unable to understand that cancer is deadly, even small children suffer from cancer. We can treat cancer when it is diagnosed during the initial stage. We should not neglect our health, whenever we feel sick we need to go to the doctor. During the initial stage due to shyness or fear we do not go to the doctor thinking that, if anything goes wrong what will be the fate of our family or from where do we bring money for treatment of the disease. Due to negligence we increase our suffering and at the last stage we go to the doctor. Now the medical field has greatly advanced and there is treatment for cancer. We should take advantage of the medical facilities to treat breast cancer. She also said that police are working day and night sacrificing their life and due to the work pressure they do not get time to see the doctor.

According to the Constitution we are all equal, but we are unable to understand our rights. According to the Hindu succession act, woman is able to get equal rights in her husband’s and father’s property. When there is a situation to give property rights to the sister, brothers hesitate thinking that she is married and does not have the right. We should change the mentality of the people because when a girl born in any family, she is the sister or daughter of their family. Now a days people give importance to property and wealth, human relationships are becoming weak day-by-day. In the district court there are 1641 cases of partition suits pending. We have to join hands and solve all the cases through the Lok Adalat, Uma said.

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President of Mangaluru Bar Council S P Chengappa recalling the quote of Aristotle said, “For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with the arms of intelligence and with moral qualities which he may use for the worst ends”.

Quoting from Martin Luther King’s Quote, Chengappa said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. He further said that our country maintains a common law legal system inherited from the colonial time. While drafting of our Constitution, 1500 legal laws were prescribed. But people are not aware of them. From womb to tomb we have various laws. Women have rights in their father’s property which comes under the Indian Succession Act. He also said that our district has become an old age home because the children after their education go to outside countries in search of better future leaving their elderly parents. When they die most come directly to the Mangaluru city corporation to get the death certificates. Law will not spare anyone and we have to understand the Indian laws. If the police and advocates join hands together we can make this world a better place to live in.

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Police commissioner M Chandra Sekhar said that in the police department we have a psychology problem. When we are under training we go through many training programmes and when complete our training we are physically at the peak of our fitness, we will be able to run 14 to 15 KMs and still have stamina. Later we do not give importance to our physical fitness. Our fitness and health declines rapidly but we always think that we are very fit. We do not think that we too face health problems and try to live in a imaginary world without going to the doctor. Police have work stress and they are unable to take care of their health. In every state police face the same problems because of work stress.

He further said, “A stitch in time saves nine”, means a timely action will prevent more work later. We have to take care of our health because if the police are healthy, our families will be happy and the police department will do better. There is yearly medical check-up for the police in our department. But we should not stick for yearly check-up instead when there is any health problem we have to go to the doctor and get necessary treatment to keep ourselves healthy.

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Principal of St Anns College of Education Sr Clara AC briefed on the college activities. Breast Cancer Specialist Dr Venkatesh Sanjeev delivered a talk on Breast cancer. Senior Advocate M Udayanand delivered a talk on the Indian Succession Act.

DCP Crime Dr M Sanjeev Patil delivered the vote of thanks. SP Dr Sharanappa, Deputy director Women and Child Development department Sundar Poojary and ACP Bantwal Laxman were also present.

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