National Legal Services Authority, Delhi Legal Services Authority and Bachpan Bachao Andolan have joined hands to realize the cherished Constitutional ideal of equality and justice to child sine qua non of creation of a Child Friendly Society where every child has access to physical, social, psychological, moral & spiritual development.
The All India Legal Aid Cell on Child Rights is a new dawn in the history of legal aid in India. In view of urgent need for initiating legal action with regard to prosecution and punishment of the violators of the children related law and to uphold all child rights including access to rehabilitation and other social integration schemes for the children, this legal aid cell is envisaged as a one-point stop.
A bilateral collaboration between the National Legal Authority Services of India and the Bachpan Bachao Andolan would extend support by providing free legal aid/ advice and also making recommendations to the victims and other appropriate authorities to ensure effective and proper implementation of the laws.
Further, the legal aid cell would also collaborate with the various govt. departments especially Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Human Resource Development amongst others as well as various Committees and Commissions formulated under various provisions in seeking information about various govt. schemes and orders to ensure access to information and justice to all during the course of its functioning.
The legal aid cell would also endeavour to assist the various authorities in providing technical assistance in providing training on child rights laws. They would attend to cases of legal aid for rescued children from labour/ trafficking and other abuses and whenever required they would also initiate legal proceedings or provide assistance thereof in various courts across the country.
The Honourable Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India, Justice Mr. K.G.Balakrisnan formally announced the opening of All India Legal Aid Cell on Child Rights on 16th May 2009.
On 14th November 2008, Hon'ble Sh. K.G Balakrishnan, Chief Justice of India and Patron-in-Chief , National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), Hon'ble Dr Arijit Pasayat, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Hon'ble Executive Chairman, NALSA and other Hon'ble judges of Supreme Court of India had interaction with the rescued and rehabilitated children of BBA at the lawns of the Supreme Court of India. The Hon'ble Chief Justice and other Hon'ble Judges ensured that prompt and appropriate legal aid will be given to them. The Hon'ble Chief Justice of India and Hon'ble Executive Chairman, NALSA have subsequently directed the NALSA to direct the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to take necessary action for opening a Legal Aid Cell at the Bachpan Bachao Andolan Central Office, New Delhi and also at Mukti Ashram, Ibrahimpur, Delhi.
National Legal Services Authority
National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society.The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, was enacted to effectuate the constitutional mandate enshrined under Articles 14 and 39-A of the Constitution of India. The object is to provide ‘access to justice for all’ so that justice is not denied to citizens by reason of economic or other disabilities. However in order to enable the citizens to avail the opportunities under the Act in respect of grant of free legal aid, etc., it is necessary that they are made aware of their rights.
Delhi Legal Services Authority
Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has been constituted under the State Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. The Authority has constituted High Court Legal Services Committee at Delhi High Court, Legal Services Authority at Tis Hazari and its Sub-Offices at Patiala House Courts, Karkardooma Courts Complex and Rohini Courts Complex. “Access to Justice for all” is the motto of the Authority. The goal is to secure justice to the weaker sections of the society, particularly to the poor, downtrodden, socially backward, women, children and people with disabilities, etc. Such steps are needed to be taken to ensure that nobody is deprived of an opportunity to seek justice merely for want of funds or lack of knowledge. As per its mandate, DLSA has come forward to run the All India Legal Aid Cell on Child Rights to ensure that children's rights are upheld in all manners possible as per the Constitution, various statutes and the guidelines laid down by the apex court and various high courts.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) has been working tirelessly since 1981 to rescue, and rehabilitate child labourers and ensure prosecution and punishment of employers and traffickers. Since inception, BBA has rescued more than 76,500 bonded/ child labourers and has emerged as the largest civil society grassroots movement on child rights supported by more that 70,000 individuals and 750 civil society organisations. The organization has also been working very closely with National Legal Service Authority (NALSA) in favour of child rights on several fronts.
National Legal Services Authority, Delhi Legal Services Authority and Bachpan Bachao Andolan have joined hands to realise the cherished Constitutional ideal of equality and justice to child sine qua non of creation of a Child Friendly Society where every child has access to physical, social, psychological, moral & spiritual development. Permanent Legal Aid Cell would be a PAN – INDIA activity to achieve the following objectives:
- To establish a Permanent Legal Aid Cell at the at Bachpan Bachao Andolan Central Office, New Delhi and also at Mukti Ashram, Ibrahimpur, Delhi;
- To provide legal representation to the children in need of care and protection across the country;
- To take, deal, pursue and/ or coordinate and ensure prosecution against the persons indulging in child labour, traffic in human beings, begar, forced labour, child abuse, or in any form of child exploitation;
- To build a network of various SLSAs for rescue and rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection.
- To instruct the concerned State Legal Services Authority to take, deal, pursue and coordinate to ensure appropriate legal action against the offenders.
- To provide access to legal aid & advice to all Govt. Departments and/or bodies including State Legal Services Authorities functioning across the country;
- To provide legal aid and advice to all civil societies, voluntary organisations and social spirited individuals working across the country espousing the cause of child rights;
- To coordinate with all Govt. Bodies, Institutions, Authorities and Organisations concerning or entrusted with the responsibilities relating to child rights,
- To reach out the benefits flowing from various social welfare schemes to the child/children.
- To create awareness of child rights and schemes framed by Central and/ or State Governments for the welfare and rights of children;
- To undertake sensitization programs, for skill enhancement of lawyers and / or paralegals;
- To undertake research or survey based programs to study the impact assessment and maximize befits of child welfare legislations and schemes;