Northeast students in Delhi to have legal help bureau

February 25th, 2008 - 11:14 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Students from the northeast studying in the national capital will soon have a dedicated bureau to provide them legal assistance. The National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) along with the Delhi Legal Service Authority (DLSA) will soon set up the bureau.

“The bureau will comprise of a district judge, a deputy commissioner of police, a representative from the social welfare department and two students of the northeast studying law in the capital to help other students to fight for justice,” said Justice Manmohan Sarin, Delhi High court judge and Chairman of the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee.

He was addressing the nine-day ‘national conclave of the northeastern states for access to justice to women of the region’, which concluded Monday.

Delhi’s Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna expressed his concern over the increasing cases of violence against women students from the region.

“We need to change our attitude towards women,” he said.

He added that Delhi Police were also taking effective measures to help the northeastern students to feel safe in the capital by increasing patrolling, especially in the areas where they are in good numbers.

Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal expressed his concern over the increasing cases of molestation of northeastern women students and assured the students that the police would help them in a proactive and protective manner.

“We have increased the patrolling in those areas where there is more population of northeastern women and we are also holding meetings with the students on a weekly basis so that they feel safe and secure here,” said Dadwal.

Also present on the occasion was Delhi High Court Chief Justice M.K. Sharma who appreciated the efforts put in by various agencies to fight for the rights of northeastern students in the capital.

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