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Justice Jaswant Singh inaugurates Nyay Seva Kendra and in Model Jail

YS RANA | February 11, 2021 04:32 PM

CHANDIGARH: The District Legal Service Authority (DLSA), Chandigarh, has added another feather in its cap when Naya Seva Kendra—one stop solution centre for female prisoners is inaugurated by Mr Justice Jaswant Singh, Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Executive Chairman, SLSA, Chandigarh in the female barrack of Model Jail, Chandigarh, on Tuesday and the Centre started working from Wednesday. Objective of the Centre is to enhance legal services to women inmates and their children who are facing jail terms or trials in various crimes. .

Other present on the occasion were Mr Vijay Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh, Mr Mahavir Singh, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, UT, Chandigarh Mr Ombir Singh IPS, IG Prisons, Chandigarh, Mr Virat, HCS, Joint IG-cum-Superintendent Jail and Mr Ashok Kr. Mann, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, UT, Chandigarh.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Justice Jaswant Singh, Judge said that “This centre is the first of its kind and only integrated centre in the country that is bringing together five different departments to serve the Female Prisoners and their Children. He further said that he is hopeful that these convergent efforts would go a long way in achieving the objective of “Access to Justice” as is the motto of Legal Services Authority. This centre will not only look after the needs of the prisoners while in the Jail, but efforts will be made to link them to suitable rehabilitation services upon release.

Another facility that was visited today by Mr. Justice Jaswant Singh was a “Library cum Reading Room”. During the campaign some female prisoners had expressed their need for a Library cum reading room. Speaking during the occasion, Sh Ombir Singh informed that when the matter of the library was brought to the attention of Justice Jaswant Singh, he had expressed his desire to take up the issue with the Prison Authorities urgently. The matter was discussed it was felt that the Library cum reading room be also set up for the femaile prisoners.

Based on the needs expressed during the campaign, the matter had been placed before Mr. Justice Jaswant Singh, he has been pleased to start a “Nyay Seva Kendra - One Stop Solution Centre for Female Prisoners” to be set up in the women’s barracks that will be a multi service centre that will be run by inputs from various departments. The centre will be run from Monday to Friday between 09.00 am and 12 noon.

The Nyay Seva Kendra, will be managed by different departments on different days of the week providing services to the Female Children and their children as per the schedule Monday Legal Aid Clinic run in association with District Legal Services Authority, UT Chandigarh Tuesday Counselling services in association with Women Helpline, Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation
Wednesday Supplementary Educational Program in association with Education Department Thursday

Child Protection Services, District Child Protection Unit, under the office of Deputy Commissioner, UT Chandigarh
Friday Community Linkages program to be run by District Level Center for Women (under Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme), Social Welfare Department

All the Departments have been requested to kindly depute a senior female staff member to attend the Nyay Seva Kendra and assist the female prisoners and their accompanying children. It has also requested to share pamphlets, posters and other material that may be displayed in the centre to make the women aware.
This is the first centre of its kind in the country that will be run in convergent manner

Chandigarh will showcase this model at a National Level through National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi.

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