Most poor people in India do not even get basic human rights, and legal rights are a luxury only few ever get.
However, a ray of hope still exists and this was manifested at the local Sukhjit Ashram, earlier this week, when a female inmate aged 17 , was recommended to be shifted to children's home at Jalandhar, under the legal aid programme of District Legal Services Authority, Kapurthala so that she could lead a normal child's life.
The process began on celebration of World Mental Health day by District Legal Services Authority, Kapurthala in Sukhjit ashram , when the seven-membered committee of advocates and para-legal volunteers observed that she looked to be not mentally retarded.
The committee was set up on the orders of the Kapurthala District Legal Services Authority chairman, Gurmit Ram Banyal, also the district and sessions judge, Kapurthala.
Sukhjit Ashram superintendent made, all efforts to contact the family of the minor inmate, but there was no response. So, finally on a report from the local authorities certifying her IQ , the decision was taken to shift her to Jalandhar.
“The aim of legal aid programme is to put an end to the exploitation of the deprived and help them get their rights. We take up such cases that help improve lives. Minor inmate's case touched our hearts,” said Manila Chugh, secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Kapurthala.
She added that inmates of Sukhjit Ashram were children and women in need of special care and protection. However, they were entitled to equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
To mark the success and in continuation of celebrations of the World Human Rights Day (December 10), local legal luminaries and social activists under the chairmanship of Shri Banyal and members of the local Rotary Club distributed woolen clothing and other material in kind to inmates of the ashram and other poor people.
Kuldeep Singh, DSSO, Sh. Manjinder Singh, Superintendent Sukhjit Ashram, Dalbir Singh Kahlon, DPRO, Balbir Singh, President Roatary Club, SJ Dhawan Vice President Rotary Club, Baba Hari Budh Singh Director Community Service, JS Padha, SS Padha, Anand, Tilak Raj Malhotra, all members of the Rotary Club, Vikas Opal, Anuj Anand, Paramjit Kaur Kahlon advocates, social workers and paralegal volunteers were present .