Legal Empowerment

Collaborative efforts with law schools and legal services authorities

Article 21 of the Constitution of India promises a dignified life to each and every citizen of the country, whereas Article 39A entrusts the state with the responsibility of ensuring access to justice based on equal opportunity.

For achieving this purpose, the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 established authorities and committees at the national, state, district and taluka levels across the country, and also at the Supreme Court and High Court levels, as nodal agencies. Besides, the participation of law students and faculty members to engage with rural communities, by providing legal awareness through legal aid clinics and other programs, has immense potential to address the gap that exists between the constitutional promise of justice for all and the dismal ground realities.

Collaborative efforts with legal services authorities:

Sehgal Foundation conducts camps in collaboration with district and state-level legal services authorities to inform and empower rural citizens about their key rights and entitlements. One such camp was the ‘National Labour Rights Consultation’ held at the Mini Secretariat, Nuh, on June 15, 2016, under the guidance of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Panchkula that informed citizens on the twenty-two key government programs of the Labour Department, Haryana.

Collaborative efforts with law schools:

In an effort to expand good rural governance initiatives, Sehgal Foundation, collaborates with law schools to spread legal awareness to rural communities through their legal aid cells. One such initiative has been a seminar with Chanakya National Law School (CNLU), Patna, Bihar, on legal awareness for good rural governance at the university campus on February 7, 2017 to orient the students of CNLU on the importance of good rural governance so that they can work on ensuring access to justice for the poor and the marginalized population through their legal aid cell in the university.

The foundation also engaged with legal aid cell of CNLU for a legal awareness program in Punas gram panchayat (village council) of Samastipur district in Bihar on February 19, 2017. The topics included Consumer Protection Act, Right to Public Services, gram kacheris (village courts) and rights on arrest.

These interventions of law college faculties and students, with the grassroots communities, not only enables the institutions to work towards ensuring access to justice for all, but also enables that the entire process becomes mutually educative, inspiring and above all transformative.