Legal assistance to family of prisoners

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/24/2019 12:08:40 PM IST

District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) under the aegis of NSLSA with a view to empower and actualise rights of jail inmates, the initial stage of the campaign for legal assistance to family members of prisoners was carried out in the last few days in all the DLSAs. 

A press release from NSLSA public relations assistant stated that, a total of 172 jail inmates, both Under Trail Prisoners (UTPs) and convicts were represented by their family members in availing the assistance. 

During the campaign, the family representatives were sensitised on the need to be “legally empowered for those whose family member is under trail or convicted and perceived to be forgotten by the system.” 

At the initial stage of the process, the family members were entitled to fill-up a performa sheet for identification of the legal services needed and background of the inmates and details of family members. This was assisted by the resource pool members in the presence of Chief Judicial Magistrate and secretaries of the districts. 

It was observed that majority of the family representatives expressed need for legal assistance which will be further pursued. The campaign is expected to cover almost 96% of convicts and 25.1% of UTPs 

The follow-up on legal aid will be undertaken in the second stage of the campaign. It is noted that, Nagaland state, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), ‘Prison Statistics India, 2015’, the total population of jail inmates is 499.

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