NGO to run legal aid cell on child rights

May 19th, 2009 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) An NGO here will head a child rights legal aid cell and work closely with various government departments to uphold the rights of children and punish violators of these rights.
The All India Legal Aid Cell will be run by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and the Delhi Legal Services Authority.

Announcing the initiative, member secretary of NALSA U. Saratchandran said the legal aid cell would collaborate with the various government departments like the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Home Affairs, Women and Child Development and Social Justice and Empowerment.

“Besides the various government departments, the cell will also work with different commissions in seeking information about government schemes and orders to uphold child rights,” Saratchandran said.

BBA founder Kailash Satyarthi said: “The Legal Aid cell on child rights is a new dawn in the history of legal aid in India. It will be a one stop point to initiate legal action against violators of children related laws and access to rehabilitation and other social integration schemes for children.”

“By providing legal assistance and advice to the concerned government authorities, the cell would also help in formulation of action plans, guidelines, standard operating procedures and other legal mechanisms for protection of child rights,” he added.

“Whenever required, the cell will also provide assistance in legal proceedings in any court in India,” he said.

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