Internship @ People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur: Mastering Perfection, Learning Drafting RTIs and PILs

Name. College. Year of Study

Aayushi Singh. Symbiosis Law School, Pune. 1st year.

When

Summer, 2014.

Duration

4 weeks.

Application Procedure

My experience in the sultry 30 days of June began with a lengthy e-mail written to the official PUCL, Jaipur ID, followed with a brief telephonic interview.

The PUCL Experience

There is multitude of experiences to be borne through this text but the sheer diversity of work I got right from reading and dissecting some 50 State Information Commission judgments to freelancing with The Hindu or Times of India.

It was beyond getting just bylines or being sent to a forlorn suburb to prepare a legal report of a violation or surveying the implementation of more than four Acts in a month – PUCL offers everything you would want out of an NGO.

The bad part is probably that you are left unguided in the most desolate police stations and district courts and forlorn territories, but that’s a small price to pay for what you stand to learn in the matter of a month.

One disadvantage could stand for the non-Hindi speaking crowd- it is difficult to interact with the natives without a good working knowledge of Hindi.

Yet again, I was taught drafting PILs, RTIs and I learnt the art of speed reading and writing till the nth degree of perfection and met the stalwarts of Human Rights- such as Medha Patekar, Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey etc.

Also, one of the selling points of PUCL is the diversity of interns it attracts, name any National Law University or good private college, and they were represented.

If one does not mind slogging through hours with one working fan in a room full of 20 people, in the process of making press releases, intensively well researched papers and interacting with the most beautiful crowd that Jaipur boasts of, PUCL is the place to be.

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