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3rd National Consultation on Prisoners’ Rights, Legal Aid and Prison Reform 19th and 20th of March 2016

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Human Rights Law Network in collaboration with Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), International Bridges of Justice India (IBJINDIA) and Multiple Action Research Group (MARG) held the 3rd National Consultation on Prisoners’ Rights, Legal Aid and Prison Reform on the 19th and 20th of March 2016 to achieve the following objectives:

  • Build and strengthen the legal aid system in India through fostering partnerships with State legal aid service authorities, lawyers, NGOs, and civil society groups.
  • Ensure an effective monitoring mechanism to enhance transparency and accountability inside the prisons and ensure that adequate safeguards are put in place to protect the vulnerable inmates.
  • Build partnerships and a network of prison reform activists that will bring in lawyers, activists, NGOs working with prisoners, academicians, journalists, and other concerned members of the civil society towards achieving the above stated objectives. 

Over 100 participants, including lawyers, activists and academicians attended the 2 day National Consultation which was held in TISS, Mumbai. At the end of the consultation a National Forum on prisons was formed and an action plan formulated to accelerate the process of reform in prisons across India. 

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Meeting with Jailor at Sitamarhi State Prison

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Savita Ali introduced herself along with team member and all about HRLN, who is working for Prisoner’s right and provide free legal aids to the needy and poor.  Jail Superintendent was not present, we met with dy. Superintendent namely Manoj  Kumar, Asif Kamal (Advocate) asked him to allow them to visit inside the jail premises and meet the inmates and also query about the jail incident in which the fixing took place .

Jailor was not inclined  for such and did not report any thing  about the incident which took place and police has to fire but  promise us to help  HRLN in providing free legal aid to    the needy and will allow the HRLN  team to visit  the jail regularly but  due to  the incident he did not allow us and told us  not to interfere in the  matter  of firing incident which  took place inside the jail. Otherwise he will not help us.

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Legal Clinic Aid for Prisoners of Bhagalpur, Bihar

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The visit to the prison of Bhagalpur was made on the 18th June by Mrs. Savita (state coordinator), Mr. Asif Kamal (event coordinator), Mr. Sanjay Modi (advocate), Mr. Sunil Kumar (advocate) and Ms. AyushiVerma (intern), who are the members of HRLN. The visit was conducted to understand the plight and conditions in which are prisoners are living.

It was a part of our initiative of the prisoner rights unit. There we found out that around two hundred ninety four people were under trial, three hundred ninety nine were undergoing rigorous imprisonment, one hundred sixty were convicts and only fifteen were under simple imprisonment. Only nine male prisoners were sentenced for life till death and thirteen of them had children. We noticed a vast difference between the number of male and female prisoners which were one thousand nine hundred sixty two and eighty three respectively.

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Report on the Legal Awareness Camp

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A legal awareness camp was organized at Nath Nagar area of Bhagalpur district on 17th of June, 2014 by the members of HRLN Patna. This was one of the many legal aid campaigns organized by the HRLN team. The team members were Ms. Savita (state coordinator), Mr. Asif Kamal(coordinator), Mr. Sanjay Modi(Advocate),  Mr. Sunil Kumar(Advocate) and Ms. Ayushi Verma. It was done to inform them of their rights and to understand their circumstantial problems in detail.  There was a close interaction between the members of HRLN and the local people of Nath Nagar. Around thirty five to forty village members of the area participated in the legal camp.

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Report: State Level Consultation on Prison Legal Aid at 27th -28th May 2014

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A two day State Level Consultation on Prison Legal Aid was organized by Human Rights Law Network on 27th and 28th of May in Patna. In this State Level Consultation on Prison Legal Aid different districts of Bihar Participated, namely, Patna, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Motihari, Jehanabad, Aurangabad, Muzaffarpur Samastipur.Saran,Sarsa,and Nalnda.The Consultation was mainly organised to enhance pro-bonolegal aid services to the poor prisoners in their respective districts and the course of action to be followed to further the legal aid work.

HRLN believes that all poor in India are entitled to access to legal facilities, and should be equally represented in front of the law, irrespective of their cast, creed, and state of being or gender. However, in reality, thousands of poor people, including dalits, Muslims, women and juveniles, are languishing in jails and police lock-ups in different parts of Bihar. Though the law guarantees them free legal aid, the Bihar State Legal Services Authority is in disarray.

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