IT is a matter of great relief to see the Law & Justice Commission deliberating on issues that concern certain powerless sections of society like the women, who seek divorce, and the juvenile offenders, who suffer imprisonment rather than being sent to reformatories. The Commission, meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, also took note of those inhuman customs that the ignorant adopt to establish guiltlessness of a crime. The outcome of the meeting affords a refreshing outlook for all concerned. At present, the women, who want the dissolution of their marriage, feel helpless in the face of legal complexities, which they do not know how to get over, and as a result they have to run from pillar to post and face a lot of mental and physical inconvenience. It was decided to set aside these complexities to speed up the process, and the courts passing the decree were directed to immediately advise the concerned union councils about it. Hopefully, these measures would go a long way in providing the much-needed help. The meeting's recommendations about dealing with young offenders are equally welcome. There are good chances that the child, who is released for good conduct shown during trial and handed over to his guardian or a welfare-oriented institution, would give up his bad ways and become a law-abiding citizen. Keeping him confined in a jail, where he is quite likely to fall into wrong hands, would tend to ruin his prospects in life. The decision against giving a female child offender under the supervision of a male would obviate certain untoward consequences that might ensue. Similar thoughtfulness lies in the view that child offenders should be given to the care of institutions that could arrange their education, provide them healthcare, so that they turn out to be useful citizens later in life. Very rightly, the commission also recommended that the authorities must ensure that the customs like walking on burning coals or submerging under water to prove innocence of a crime do not take place. There are, indeed, numerous other legal practices and social customs that do not sit in well with a progressive outlook. It is hoped that our legislators and civil society would spare time and ensure their end.