An education system is incomplete if it only renders itself as just a means to acquire a well-paid job. It is essential that it also works towards making individuals responsible citizens who in turn contribute to the society at large. This has been proved right by the Legal Aid Society of the CLC. The Legal Services Clinic of Campus Law Centre was inaugurated on the 27th of September, 2014 by Hon'ble Mr. Justice A. K. Sikri, Judge Supreme Court of India. 200 Students of Campus Law Centre undertook Para Legal Training on the 19th and 20th of September, 2015 at the Conference Hall in Tis Hazari Court, Delhi. All the activities are aimed creating legal awareness and providing free legal aid and counsel in consonance with the provisions of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
LEGAL AID CLINIC
The Legal Aid Clinic is opened regularly between 10 am to 1pm, except Sundays. Every Saturday, Mr. Ram (Lawyer appointed by the DSLSA) is available in the clinic with one of the members of the society from 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.. In the last one year, the clinic has received more than 50 enquiries and members of the society have successfully assisted 22 people with legal counsel and advice.
ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY THE SOCIETY:
Legal Aid Society Orientation Programme held on 23rd September, 2016 at Seminar Hall, Campus Law Centre
Legal Aid Society, Campus law Centre, Faculty of Law organized an orientation programme which mainly focused on 1st year students to give them a vivid knowledge on working of the society and its literary activities held in 2015-16. The major objective of the programme was to make the students aware of the activities of the society, its working and constitution. The programme was attended by more than 200 students of the Campus Law Centre. The brief introduction was provided by Teacher Convener Ms. Harleen Kaur to enlighten the students about the aspects and working of legal Aid Society.The introduction was followed by Power Point Presentation presented by Manav Malhotra, a student of 3rd year, which comprised of objectives of Legal Aid Society, its composition, working of Legal Aid Society in association Delhi Legal Service Authority and all literary activities conducted by the Legal Aid Society in 2015-16 which included Legal Awareness drives, Internships, Conferences, Field Visits to observation homes, Tihar jail visits etc and also included Orientation and Sensitization Programme on 'Forensic Medical Jurisprudence' and Pilot Project to Foster Traffic Discipline in Delhi these two being the recent initiative of Legal Aid Society in 2016-17. Vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Ajeet Singh, Teacher member, Legal Aid Society. After the Orientation Programme the registration for the Legal Aid Society was opened and more than 700 students registered themselves as members.
Poster Making Competition on ''Traffic Awareness Issue'' held on September 30th 2016 at Seminar Hall, Campus Law Centre
A poster making competition was conducted by the Legal Aid Society, Campus law Centre in association with East District Legal Services Authority, in the Seminar Hall, Campus Law Centre ,Faculty of Law from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on 30th September 2016. The theme of the competition was 'Traffic Awareness Issues'. The event was held exclusively for registered members of the Legal Aid Society and witnessed participation by 11 students. The guests of honour were Mr. Charanjeet Singh and Mr. Ranjit Kumar, Legal Counsel from DLSA (East). The event proved to be a success as it provided students with a platform to showcase their artistic talent as well as provided them an an opportunity to spread awareness regarding the increasing menace of traffic issues in the city while highlighting the importance of implementation of traffic rules.
Legal Aid Society Orientation Programme on ''Literary Activities'' of Delhi State Legal Service Authority held on 4th October, 2016 at Seminar Hall, Campus Law Centre
Legal Aid Society, Campus law Centre, Faculty of Law organized an orientation programme on Literary Activities of Delhi State Legal Services Authority. The major objective of the orientation was to make students aware of the literary activities of the DSLSA, its functioning and its role in spreading legal awareness under the Legal Services Authority Act 1985 .The programme was attended by more than 200 students and Teacher members of the Legal Aid Society. The guests of honour to enlighten on the literary activities were Mr. Dharmender Rana (Additional Secretary,DSLSA) and Mr. Naveen Kumar Kashyap (Secretary, North East DLSA). The orientation began with welcome address by Ms. Harleen Kaur, Convener, Legal Aid Society Followed by the address by Mr. Dharmender Rana who guided the students to be a part of the initiatives of DSLSA in securing justice to the masses and assured that practical training provided by the DSLSA to the students will be phenomenal. Mr. Rana looked upon the DSLSA and students relationship as complementary and supplementary to each other .Mr. Naveen Kumar Kashyap also in his address enlightened the students on the concept of legal aid and the criteria for the persons seeking the legal aid. Sir highlighted various social issues turning socio legal issues and also showed his concern on the pathetic conditions in jail. Further, Ms. Kamala Sankaran , Professor in-Charge,CLC also encouraged the students by stating that law is like an ocean and the students can experience the real action by working with DSLSA which will also be a self-development Programme for them. She also encouraged the students to read the rich literature on Legal Aid. In the end Ms. Shilpi, Teacher Member, Legal Aid Society, CLC proposed the Vote of Thanks for the event.
Legal Aid Society Legal Awareness Group -Legal Awareness Drive at Mukherjee Nagar, Munshiram dairy on 7th October, 2016
Legal Aid Society, Campus law Centre, Faculty of Law organized an Legal Awareness drive at Mukherjee Nagar, Munshiram dairy ,which constituted thirty students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd year. Through this drive students were made to look into ground realities of various social problems of the people and their implementation issues. The major objective of the drive was spread legal literacy, provide effective solutions to the problems of the masses, and make them aware of the services offered at legal aid clinic at Campus Law Centre for further for queries in future. The students were accompanied by teacher members of the Legal Aid Society who played very effective role in resolving queries of the people.
The major issue or problems that have been faced by people are - (1) Sewage problems, (2) Pension, (3) Marriage disputes (Section 9 of HMA act and 125 CrPc) and (4) Drug addiction.
Students provided satisfactory solutions and counselling to the residents through Five Teams (consisting of 2 boys and 3 girls each group) via door to door services which included distribution of pamphlets on domestic violence and bonded labour and free legal services offered by the the Legal Aid Clinic at Campus Law Centre and simultaneously provided solutions to various queries raised by them and provided free legal advice. Students were also provided with refreshments after the successful drive.
The students of the drive have resolved to follow the problems of the residents via filing of RTI's and writing to the concerned authorities in near future.
Case History: Major Issues to be followed up
1. It was found in certain families that they were unaware of the fact that their children aged between 6-14 years had a right to free education. One family told that they were paying fees for sending their children to the nearby Government school.
2. A family complained of being harassed by Government school authorities. In this particular case, the woman stated that on two occasions, when she had gone back to her village during the school vacations and for a month or two had exceeded the vacations, the children's names were struck off the school records. When the family had tried to approach the authorities, in one case they were denied the right to give an explanation and in another case, they were told to make fake medical certificates for which they were charged 450 rupees. The family complained of not being given sufficient explanation for striking off their ward's names from the school records. (GTB NAGAR SCHOOL).
3. Environmental Issue - A large dumping ground has been created and now been a source of disease and filthiness, and large amount of foul smell coming from it resulting in the fact that it becomes very difficult for the residents to stand nearby it and live nearby it. Though number of complaints were being made to MCD, Local MPs and MLAs, Councilor but no action has been taken till yet.
4. Majority of the Senior Citizens were denied their pension. Some have been waiting since 2 years for their pension. Many complained of the treatment which they were subjected to in the government offices. Mrs. Kalawati who a widow and an estranged woman in her old age had no means of income so as to live a meagre life, we also got to know about how she hasn't got her pension under the widow pension scheme started by the Government since 2014.
OTHER ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY THE SOCIETY:
10 members of the Legal Aid Society attended the conference to launch the seven new schemes introduced by the National Legal Services Authority. The schemes were launched in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Mr Justice T.S Thakur. The schemes were as follows:
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
Student Convenors of the Legal Aid Society created a facebook page for the society on 10.th September, 2015. The facebook page is called “Legal Aid Society, Campus Law Centre”. All relevant information regarding the society’s activities and initiatives are put up on this page. The page has a total of 1,215 likes and a 1,306 people post reach.
It is ensured that no student is repeated in any of our initiatives. For each initiative, a fresh batch of members of the society is takken so that every member is given the opportunity to participate.