Internship Experience @ Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA), New Delhi: Organize awareness programmes in slums & labour colonies

Name

Anonymous

Organization

Delhi State Legal Services Authority, New Delhi

A, 1st floor at Patiala House Court Complex.

The office location can be found here.

There are around 25 people (lawyers + staff)

Application Process 

DSLSA offers internship twice a year i.e., Summer and Winter.

For the summer internship they release the form in the month of April.

I had applied online by filling a summer internship programme form which is made available here.

Duration and timings

Duration of the Internship was for 20 Days (10th June, 2013 to 28th June, 2013).

First Day

The first day started with the orientation at conference hall of TIS HAZARI court.

Interns from different colleges all over India were assembled there.

It was followed by a brief introduction by Sh.Sanjay Sharma, Project Officer, DSLSA.

An Informative session with Justice Brijesh Sethi, Member Secretary, DSLSA soon followed, who was generous enough to answer all the questions ranging from Legal Aid to the scope of Legal Career in India.

A PowerPoint Presentation given by Justice S.S Rathi gave a detailed overview of the work performed by the authority in Delhi.

Main tasks

Our main task was to work on live projects framed to reach out benefits of various legal services programmes and schemes to the weaker and vulnerable sections of the society focusing on:-

  1. To maximize benefits of free legal aid services.
  2. To conduct legal literacy camps in Tihar/Rohini Jail and Observation Homes.
  3. To organize Awareness Programmes in slum & labour colonies.
  4. To promote Alternate Dispute Redressal Mechanism viz. Pre-litigation, Conciliation & Counselling, Lok Adalats, Mediation etc.

We visited the Tihar Jail, Police Station, Mandir Marg, Supreme Court Legal Services Committee, SCI; Delhi High Court Legal Services Commiitte, DHC, MM Courts, Saket Court Complex, New Delhi; Observation Homes, Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Gender Resource Centres (GRC), Patiala House Court, NGOs, JJB -Juvenile Justice Board, Mental Health Institutions (IHBAS)

We actually saw the working of the place and got to know the grass root realities of the Law and implementation of the Law.

Environment

The work environment was amazing.

We didn’t have any rules.

It was a cool atmosphere full of fun.

Different groups were allotted to interns.

I was in 4th group.

We were a team of around 15 people and all of us coordinated very well.

Best things

The best thing was the work atmosphere.

We worked in an informal way and no one checked that.

We could wear anything we wanted.

It was however a great experience to visit Tihar Jail.

One more good thing we learnt was Human Rights.

We actually got to learn a lot about human rights and how these rights were being violated.

It created a respect for rights.

Bad things

NO STIPEND

It was very hot in June. The temperature was around 45 degrees, which made our task more difficult.

Stipend

Nil

Biggest Lessons

The Biggest Lessons were that you get to know how actually the human rights are being violated.

Hearing such instances on television, which seems like nothing to us are quite different in reality.

There is a Lot of Difference Between Legality and Reality at scratch Level.

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