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"Legal" involves a broad spectrum of things to it from the laws of a country to one's individual rules and regulations. A lot of incidents that happen around us are illegal, but hardly we question them. Not because we aren't capable of doing that but because we aren't aware of the law breached. It's extremely pertinent to have a sound knowledge of our country's laws. Having this legal knowledge shall not only mold us into better individuals but also shape us into educated citizens of a country. As the Latin maxim says- "ignoratia facti excusat", which means you shall not be held liable for not having factual knowledge of any country but you can be if you don't know the laws prevailing in any country. Our country's integrity and individuality are defined by the laws enshrined in our Constitution. Laws are like strong pillars protecting us from various illegal activities. Laws define us. Innumerable offenses mentioned in our IPC, CRPC like - theft, murder, dacoity, misappropriation, etc.

Last week I read about one of the case laws in which a student named Deepanshu Khanna filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court regarding the vacant seats in Delhi University. When the court looked into the matter it realized and gave the decision that it is the university's duty to present more cut-off lists so that no seat is vacant and deserving candidates get their admission. The other day I read a case regarding the criminalisation of homosexual sex held in the case ie Navtej Singh Johar vs Union of India. A landmark case in the Judicial history of our country. After innumerable efforts finally Supreme Court gave its decision. Keshavananda Bharti vs State of Kerala proposing the doctrine of basic structure to the country. So many decisions and cases have inspired people and changed the outlook of societies and their thoughts.

A lot of reforms the Judiciary needs to bring about in its functioning. Raising the strength of the judges, better equipped with educated lawyers, more law colleges, quicker decision giving powers, not delaying over the cases, reducing the court fees so that poor sections of the society can get access to courts easily. So many cases have gone unheard and are still pending and those who are heard are left midway. With the changing society and rise in the illegal activities that individuals are committing, it is the duty of the law to abide by it and punish people held liable for the Heinous offenses that they commit immediately. Delay in the decision may acknowledge the convicts to recommit a crime that initially went unheard.

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