It was a duel in my mind that settled in favour of literature and not law. The tussle between the two was to gain the topmost position as a medium of bringing about social change. The conscience decided that what powerful literature-both poetry and prose can achieve, law cannot even imagine.
Law requires a discourse. Literature in the nature of poetry manages with a few words.
If I have to say something about how women have been treated and maltreated over the ages, the default action in me would invariably move in the direction of defining the systemic nature of patriarchy, the malaise of dowry, child marriages, violence involving heinous crimes against women etc etc...
while a simple yet cogent
सुनो द्रौपदी! ..मेहँदी छोडो ...
मेहँदी छोडो खडग उठा लो
खुद ही अपना चीर बचा लो...अब गोविन्द न आएंगे।
केवल इतने में ही कवि ने स्त्री की दशा, दुर्दशा और दिशा को बता दिया है
Such power can be exuded only by poetry. And the emotions that it manages to evoke are enough to change the societal ideology if sustained for decent duration. Bhakti and sufi saints, kavi of veer rasa managed to create a massive following just because they brought the restricted knowledge of the texts to public in the language they easily understood.
Literature manages that.
Law is not the panacea of all ills and besides is full of jargon for most.
Just my opinion