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Understanding Laws

Q1) Who make laws for a country?


A) Our representative in the Parliament makes laws for the country
implemented by executive.

Q2) How were the laws made in ancient period?


A) 1. In ancient India, there were innumerable and often overlapping local laws.
2. Different communities enjoyed different degrees of antinomy in administering
these laws among their own.
3. In some cases, the punishment that two persons received for the same crime
varied depending on their caste background with lower casts being more harshly
penalized.

Q3) Who introduced the rule of law in India?


A) It is believed that it was the British colonialists who introduced the rule of law in
India.

Q4) Who made laws for India in colonial period?


A) The British made the laws for India in Colonial period.

Q5) Who has the power to modify laws?


A) The parliament has the power to modify or cancel laws it it finds that they don’t
adhere to the constitution.
Q6) Give one example to show that British law was arbitrary.
A) One example of arbitraries that continued to exist as part of British law is the
sedition act of 1870. The idea of sedition was understood within this act. Any
person protesting or criticizing the British government could be arrested without
due trial.

Q7) What did the Indian nationalists do against the arbitrary laws of British?
A)
a) Indian nationalist began protesting and criticizing this arbitrary use of authority
by the British.
b) They began fighting for greater equality and wanted to change the idea of law
from a set of rules that they were forced to obey, to law as including ideas of
justice.
c) By the end of 19th century, Indian legal profession also began emerging and
demanded respect in colonial courts.

Q8). Why were the new laws against domestic violence introduced?
a) The law recognizes the right of women to live in a shared household, protection
against violence women can get monetary relief to meet their expense including
medical costs.
b) Women wanted protection against being beaten, and the right to continue living
in a shared household. Thus, the law against domestic violence was introduced
to address these issues.
Q9) Which groups took the lead of domestic violence bill?
A) Lawyers collective, a group of lawyers, law students and activities, after
nationwide
took the lead in drafting the domestic violence (Prevention and Protection).
in the following terms
Sedition:- This applies to anything that the government might consider as stirring
up rebellion against it. In such cases, the government does not need
absolute evidence in order to arrest persons.
Repressive:- To control severely in order to prevent free and natural development
or expression. It refers to laws that brutally control persons and
often prevent them from exercising their fundamental rights.
Rule of Law:- It means that all laws apply equally to all citizen of the country
and no one can be above the law. Neither a government official, nor a wealthy
person nor even the president of the country is above the law.
Domestic Violence:- It refers to the injury or harm or threat of injury or harm
caused by an adult male usually the husband, against his wife. Injury may be
caused by physically beating up the woman or by emotionally abusing her.
Abuse can also include verbal, sexual and economic abuse.

Q11) What are unpopular and controversial laws?


A)
1. Unpopular laws: - The laws which are constitutionally valid and hence legal but
are unpopular and unacceptable to people because they feel that the intention
behind it is unfair and harmful. Eg. Municipal laws.
2. Controversial laws: - The laws which favour one group and disregard the other.
Q12) How can people express their discontent against unpopular laws in a
democracy?
A) People can criticize the unpopular law, hold public meetings, and write about it
in newspaper report to 74 news channels. In their way, citizens can express their
unwillingness to accept repressive laws framed by the Parliament.

Q13) What is the role of citizen in formulation of new laws?


A)
1. The role of citizens is crucial in helping Parliament frame different concerns
that people might have into laws.
2. From establishing the need for a new law to its being passed, at every stage
of the process the voice of the citizen is a crucial element. The voice can be
heard through T.V. reports, newspaper editorials, radio broadcasts and local
meetings.
3. We should elect our representatives to Parliament carefully. Then we should
use newspapers and the media to chart the work that is being done by our
M.P.s and critic their actions when we feel it is required.
4. Our involvement and enthusiasm helps Parliament perform its
representative functions properly.
5. Citizens can oppose the bills introduced in Parliament by organizing a press
conference.
6. Citizen can protest, campaign or show solidarity against the laws which they
feel are just and unfair.