Political society

Why is the law fundamental to society – Kashmir Reader

The law serves as a standard of conduct for citizens. It ensures order and equity between the three branches of government. Without law, there would be chaos and the survival of the fittest and everyone for themselves. The law is important because it serves as a guideline as to what is accepted in society. Without it, there would be conflicts between social groups and communities. The law also makes it possible to adapt to changes that occur in society.
Society is a “web relation” and social change obviously means a change in the system of social relations, where a social relation is understood in terms of social processes, social interactions and social organizations. Thus, the term “social change” is used to indicate variations in social institutions, social processes and social organizations. It includes changes to the structure and functions of society. A more detailed analysis of the role of law vis-à-vis social change leads us to distinguish the direct and indirect aspects of the role of law.
The law acts as an agent of modernization and social change. It is also an indicator of the nature of societal complexity and the resulting integration problems. The abolition of practices such as untouchability, child marriage, sati, dowry, etc., are typical illustrations of the social change brought about in a society through laws.
The law has certainly acted as a catalyst in the process of social transformation with the dilution of caste inequalities, protective measures for the weak and vulnerable, ensuring the dignified existence of those who live in difficult conditions, etc. Social change involves an alteration of society. economic structure, values ​​and beliefs, as well as its economic, political and social dimensions. While much social change is brought about by material changes such as technology, new modes of production, etc., other conditions are also necessary. For example, the legal ban on untouchability in India has still not succeeded due to inadequate social support.
Theorists have traditionally held that there are certain broad views of substantive criminal law. One set of these constraints relates to the types of behavior that can be legitimately prohibited. Is it appropriate, for example, to criminalize a certain type of action on the grounds that most people in one’s society regard it as immoral? The other set of constraints is necessary to establish criminal liability, i.e. liability, regardless of the content of the particular law whose violation is at issue.
The judicial system reflects all the energy of life within any society. The law has the complex vitality of a living organism. It can be said that law is a social science characterized by movement and adaptation. Rules are neither created nor enforced in a vacuum; they are created and used over and over again for a specific purpose. Rules are meant to move us in a certain direction which we assume to be right, or to prohibit any movement in a direction which we assume to be wrong.

—The writer is a law student at KU. [email protected]