Demystifying Legal Literacy
Legal awareness and legal literacy in India are largely remedial rather than preventative. Laws are instituted to regulate society, but we are only made aware of them in the aftermath of an offence. It is reported that about 70% of the people living in rural areas are not literate (National Sample Survey, 2014) and the percentage of people that are not aware of the rights guaranteed by the law is significantly greater. A staggering 76.1% of prison inmates in India are undertrials, not convicted of their alleged crimes (National Crime Records Bureau, 2020). Out of these undertrials, more than 70% come from marginalised communities (Prison Statistics Report, 2019).