Legal Aid Camp on 18 Aug 2018
And in my own life, in my own small way, I’ve tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. That’s why I left a job at a law firm for a career in public service, working to empower young people to volunteer in their communities. Because I believe that each of us – no matter what our age or background or walk of life – each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation.–Michelle Obama
Legal Aid Clinics basically serve the purpose of providing legal advice not for the aim of earning profit but in General Public Interest. In law schools, though knowledge of law is thoroughly imparted. However theoretical knowledge is not sufficient when its applicability is not known. Opportunities for mooting are also limited. Students pursuing law have zeal and enthusiasm to provide legal services. Legal aid clinics thus serve the two-fold purpose, the first that they provide free legal services to economically weaker people and second, they direct the energies of the students of law in contributing to the society. These students are headed by their teachers. The members of the Legal Aid clinic are engaged in spreading legal awareness in rural areas through street plays as well as legal aid camps where they make the target population aware of different legal service programs and guide them to avail these facilities.
Article 14 of the Constitution of India talks about equality before law and Article 39A provides for equal justice and free legal aid.
“Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides for holistic approach in imparting justice to the litigating parties. It not only includes providing free legal aid via appointment of counsel for the litigants, but also includes ensuring that justice is not denied to litigating parties due to financial difficulties.”
“The State, which has been mandated by Article 39A of the Constitution to ensure that the operation of the legal system promotes justice by providing free legal aid and that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disabilities, has not been able to create an effective mechanism for making justice accessible to the poor, downtrodden and disadvantaged. In last two and a half decades the institution of the legal services authorities has rendered yeoman’s service in the field of providing legal aid to the poor but a lot is required to be done for ensuring justice to economically deprived section of the society and those who suffer from other disabilities like illiteracy and ignorance.
Keeping in view of the above stated objectives IPEM Law Academy has organized Legal Aid Camp, Domestic Violence against Women at Sector -4 Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad on 18th August, 2018. Faculty and students have participated in the legal aid camp by expressing their thoughts and views on the above-stated issues. The Camp was started with tribute to Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Former Prime Minister) by Ms. Sheela along with Faculty Members and Students for Five Minutes. The Introduction and importance of Legal Aid Camp was done by Dr. Meenakshi Tomar(Assistant Professor) which help to solve the problems of weaker sections of the society which are helpless in getting justice from the Courts, followed by Mr. Sudhakaran (Asst. Professor) who gave the throughout structure of the legal provisions in the Constitution and different Laws for the welfare and protection of Women Rights. Students of B.A.LL.B and LL.B such as Kausheen , Dharam Pal Singh, Yudhishtir , Meenakshi and Shivani have given their views related to protection of women from domestic violence and how women can file complaint against their husband or relatives for violating their rights by physical or mental torture inflicted by them. A large number of audience is there for witnessing the legal aid camp. After the program students have spread in the groups and they have sent to the homes for helping the families facing the problem of domestic violence and they can take help from the College Legal Aid Clinic. Vote of thanks was proposed by the Dr. Meenakshi Tomar. The Camp was coordinated by Dr. Meenakshi Tomar, Mr. Sudhakaran and Ms. Sonam Singh (Law Faculty) under the guidance and support by Ms. Sheela , social worker, Ghaziabad.