Legal assistance for women, children: The Tribune India

Tribune press service
Chandigarh, April 14

The State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), UT, has approved the names of two advocates for legal aid and support to the One Stop Center (OSC) and the 181 Women’s Helpline in Chandīgarh.

The lawyers are Aanchal Thakur and Manjit Kaur. Their appointment was approved as per the instructions of Justice Jaswant Singh, Punjab and the Executive President of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, SLSA. The orders have been made to help women and children as they are one of the vulnerable sections, who might need legal help and assistance during the lockdown.

Legal Aid lawyers will be required to coordinate with the One Stop Center and Women’s Helpline Managers to provide required legal assistance to the needy by phone or through video tools such as Zoom or any other technological mode.

The legal aid hotline will be diverted to their cell phones and information about this will be forwarded to the CSO.

It is necessary during this phase that the legal aid hotline numbers remain fully operational and are monitored by door-to-door lawyers. The hotline will be entrusted to the two lawyers concerned.

Rajeshwar Singh, Legal Officer, SLSA, and Neil Roberts, Project Coordinator, District Legal Services Authority, are responsible for assisting delegated panel attorneys depending on the nature of the case. All legal aid requests received by email or through NALSA’s online portal can be processed on a daily basis.

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