Free Legal Aid Unit:
The Constitutional principles and articles
when applied to existing reality take the form of Law. A country without law
and order in theory and practice will not move towards the ideals enshrined in
the Constitution. NAVSARJAN’s interventions are right based on therefore legal
aid when rights are violated is important.
The free legal aid unit is to help our slum
communities and women in particular to become aware of their rights,
responsibilities and entitlements. The Unit also help when their rights as
individuals and community are not respected.
Legal course and litigation are options
sometime inevitable. However, for our people in the slum the legal system is
costly and time consuming. It often deprives them of their daily wage.
Litigation in some way is also becomes a cause for division and escalated
conflicts within and outside the family.
We are aware that sometime the police play a
questionable role in the maintenance of law and order as they connive with the
elite and the powerful to safeguard their vested interests. The police often is
compelled by the elite and political system to take sides and ignore justice. Therefore,
the legal rights of the poor are trampled upon in practice.
NAVSARJAN free legal aid unit plays a role of
assisting the community members to exercise their rights as citizens of India
and enjoy a life of dignity. The role involved carrying out awareness camps in
the slums and at the centre. The lawyer with the unit provides legal counsel
where needed and helps people understand the provisions in the law and how they
can take recourse to it when required.