Udupi: Pro-poor lawyer, social activist Shirthady William Pinto no more


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Udupi, Feb 17: Pro-poor lawyer and social activist Shirthady William Pinto passed away on Sunday, February 17.

He was 79. He is survived by wife Rosy Pinto and has two sons.

Shirthady William Pinto was born on March 27, 1939, to Shirthady Raymond and Mary Magdalene. He was always keen on helping the poor, needy and backward classes. In 1963, he began his law practice. He was inspired by former Milagres College, Kallianpur principal Gururaj and Roque Fernandes, father of Oscar Fernandes.

In the year 1974, the then chief minister Devaraj Urs introduced the Land Reforms Act which was later translated by Shirthady William Pinto to Konkani and Kannada and published in 5 segments. In the year 1986, he chalked out Zilla Parishat and Mandal Panchayat rules which won him a place in the heart of the farmers.

In 2006 he published is award-winning “Kanoonu Darshana”. He has won various district and state-level awards, including Sandesha Special Recognition Award-1996, Rachana Award-2003, J P Samaj Ratna Award-2005, Jeevamanadha Sadhane Award-2007, Red Cross Award and Rajyotsava Award-2004 and many more.

Funeral will be held on Monday, February 18 at Fathima Church, Perampally.


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Vittal Kemmannu, Mumbai Mon, February-18-2019, 4:37
May his soul rest in peace.
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