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Justice Jaswant Singh, inaugurates SAMTA NYAY KENDRA – Transgenders in North India  

Yadavindra S Rana | September 20, 2021 08:30 AM

CHANDIGARH:Justice Jaswant Singh, Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court-cum-Executive
Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, inaugurated ‘Samata Nyay Kendra’
first-of-its-kind in north India. District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Chandigarh in
association with Chandigarh State Aids Control Society and its partner NGO, Association of
Professional Social Workers and Development Practitioners (APSWDP) has set up the
exclusive legal aid clinic for transgenders .

The centre will provide counselling and help to
the third gender to redress their grievances. The Centre was set up New Indira Colony, Mani
Majra, Chandigarh
Speaking at the inauguration he said that after the landmark decision by the Hon’ble
Supreme Court in the case of National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India AIR 2014 SC
1863, whereby the Apex court declared transgender people the 'third gender’, it becomes
imperative that all stakeholders make efforts to create safe spaces for persons from the
transgender community where they have access to multidimensional services and feel
included as a part of mainstream society. He also said that there is a need to sensitize all
stakeholders including the judiciary about specific needs of this community. He further
informed that through the clinic persons from the Transgender Community will be provided
Legal Aid Services, Legal Awareness Training, Linkages and capacity building services.
Mr Gurbir Singh, Learned District and Session Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal
Services Authority said that this clinic was a step towards ensuring that the fundamental
rights granted under the Constitution of India will be equally applicable and accessible to
members of the transgender community.
Mr Puneesh Jindia, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority said that the
clinic was established in association with Chandigarh State Aids Control Society that has
been working with this community since many years. He further informed that the Clinic
would function on Wednesday and Saturday. He said that after inauguration of this Legal
Aid Clinic, to make it functional Panel Lawyers and Para Legal Volunteers will be deputed on
need based assignments.  He also informed that the Para Legal Volunteers who would be
deputed from within members of the Transgender Community.
Mr Sandeep Mittal, Deputy Director, Targetted Intervention, Chandigarh State Aids
Control Society said that he was thankful to Justice Jaswant Singh for his path breaking and
innovative initiative in setting up such a clinic and he was hopeful that through this the clinic
would help counsel and guide the community members to lead a dignified life in society.
Also present at the inauguration were Mr Ashok Kr. Mann, CJM-cum-Secretary,
District Legal Services Authority under whose monitoring the Legal Aid Clinic will function,
Dr Sumit Arora, President APDWDP, Ms. Rekha Trivedi, Project Director from Association of
Professional Social Workers and Development Practitioners (APSWDP), Panel Lawyers and
Para Legal Volunteers from District Legal Services Authority and many members from the
Transgender Community.

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