Internship @ Delhi Legal Service Authority (DLSA): A Day-by-Day Account of the 15 Day Internship

Name. College. Year of Study

Garvit Gupta. Government Law College,Mumbai. 2nd Year

Name of the Organization

Delhi Legal Service Authority (DLSA)

Duration of the Internship

15 working days – 10th June 2013 to 28th June 2013.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I had applied online by filling a summer internship programme form which was made available on dlsa.nic.in.

Apart from that Hard copies of the form were available at the main office of DLSA which is located in Patiala House( Near India Gate),New Delhi.

Main Work [Day-wise Description]

Day 1 ( 10/06/2013)

The first day started with the assembling of students from different colleges across India in the conference hall of Tiz Hazari Courts, Delhi.

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

Informative interaction with Justice Brijesh Sethi, Member Secretary, DLSA 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.

Day 2 (11/06/2013)

On the second day, all the interns were asked to assemble in the Main Office of DLSA at Patiala House Court, New Delhi.

There was a general briefing of the schedule by Sh.Sanjay Sharma who allotted different groups to the interns. I was placed in Group V with 13 other interns.

Day 3 (12/06/2013) – Day Visit to Police Station

On the third day, we had a visit to Tilak Marg Police station where we were attended by Sh.Sunil Kumar.

The interns were had an access to the Daily Register where the initial complaint is registered.

There was a separate women help desk where women could file a complaint. We were told that only cognizable offences are registered as FIR.

A Separate Section of Record Room on the first floor of the station was shown to us where all the criminal records were maintained.

CCTV Room was shown to us where we were told that 40 cameras were installed at different locations to ensure safety of the area. 25 different registers were made which was categorically divided

This was the first time that majority of the group interns had a chance to visit and witness the functioning of a police station

Day 4-6 (13/06/2013 – 15/06/2013) – Tihar Jail Visit

A visit to Tihar Jail was the most awaited amongst the group members. On Day 4 we visited Central Jail no.7 where all the inmates aged between 18-21 years of age are kept.

Most of the inmates were accused of Theft, Murder and Rape who pleaded not guilty. Some of them did not have a counsel to represent them and asked for one from DLSA.

On Day 5 and Day 6 we visited Central Jail no.1 and 8 respectively where I noticed that some accused who are under trials are kept for more than 4 years.

Most of the persons with whom I had a conversion were charged under Cheating of property under Section – 420 Indian Penal Code, Theft under Section-378 IPC , Rape under Section – 376 IPC, Murder under Section – 302 etc.

Some of the problems which were faced by prisoners in the jail were:

  • They did not have a counsel(private/government)
  • Their family members are not informed about his where about.
  • Some of them complained of excessive violence by the jail authorities.
  • Some of them complained about the wrong evidence which was placed before the magistrate.

Day 7- 8(18/06/2013 -19/06/2013) – Day visit to GRCs

Our group was further divided into 3 sub groups. I along with 4 other interns visited MRYDO which was located in Jay Vihar, Nazafgarh.

The attendant there told us that counseling of girls is done so as to convince them to join the NGO with the motive of making girls and women self dependent.

One of the major problems which are faced by them is to convince their father or their husbands to allow them to join the Nobel initiative.

The work done by the girls ranges from Beauty parlour, sewing to making sheet metal.

In addition to this we told them about the women help line number(1091) which they did not knew.

One of the major problems faced by us was the low number of women beneficiaries in the area as some of them were not there while others restricted themselves from briefing us about their grievances fearing the wrath of their husbands and their in-laws.

Day 9-10 (20/06/2013 – 21/06/2013)

On day 9 and 10 we visited Manav Paropkari Sansthan, Nazafgarh and were attended by Mr.Dikshit.

Many women beneficiaries from areas such as Roshanpura came at the GRC in order to find a solution to their grievances.

The Problems faced by them are the same which was registered at MRYDO by the interns.

Some women were physically abused not only by their husband, but also by their father-in-law and brother-in-law.

They were scared to lodge a complaint against their husband, as they don’t have place to go.

Mr.Dikshit gave us an overview of the functioning of Manav Paropkari Sansthan which are as follows:

  • Awareness about government schemes and programmes
  • Skill Development
  • Legal Awareness
  • Self help groups
  • Health intervention
  • Non formed education
  • Nutrition Camp
  • ‘Swarna Jayanti Shahri Rozgar Yojana’

Most of them like MRYDO worked either in beauty parlours or in self help groups.

Day 11 (24/06/2013) – Day visit to Children Home for girls.

Entire group of 14 students visited the Children Home for Girls-I,Nirmal Chaya complex where girls from across India who were orphans, neglected, victims of Child labour and sexual and physical violence were kept.

The girls who were the habitants of Children home were aged between 0-18 years.

We had a fruitful interaction with the superintendent who informed us that Self defense classes are provided to girls by the Delhi Police.Girls go to Bal Bhawan which is situated with the complex to learn music and dance.

‘Manas Mental Health Clinic’ provides Dance classes, yoga classes and sewing classes.Counselling is provided to girls who have given themselves to excessive drinking.

One of the problems faced by the authorities is the violence which is prevalent amongst the girls.

One of them was a source of inspiration for all of us as she was a deaf and a dumb girl and yet she was studying in a special school so as to lead a contended life.

Day 12 (25/06/2013) – Day Visit to Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences(IHBAS)

On the 12thday the group of interns visited IHBAS which was earlier known as Shahdra Mental Hospital.

We were told that apart from being a medical institution it is an academic institution also.

We were told of different sections of Mental Health Act 1987 which directly or indirectly deals with law.

Separate ward for minors(Section 16) and mothers with child care unit are provided. There were 4 separate wards (A,B,C,RH).Ward C dealt with all legal cases. We were sent on a round in groups of 7 each where we were observed that some of the women patients were violent while some of them were very friendly.

We were advised by Dr. Om Prakash not to have personal interaction with the patients. Apart from Doses of drugs and different therapies, they were taken for outdoor picnics and participated in different outdoor activities and festivals. I

t was a unique experience which made a huge impact on my mind to serve these people in whatever way we can.

Day 13 (26/06/2013) – Day Visit to Child Welfare Committee

The Child Welfare Committee is a 5 member Committee including a Chairperson, which acts as a Bench and gives orders for the admission of Children in the Children Home.

The rescued children are hand over to them for their development and care. In Delhi, there are in total 7 Child Welfare Committee.

They told us that, there is a belt from Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal to Assam, and from these places, majority of the children are trafficked.

After a landmark judgment of Justice Sikri , CWC has the right to collect the wages of the children , of which they make a fixed deposit , which is given to the children when they become major.

Children are rescued only on complaints from brothels only on complaints and in this case, mostly their clients make the call to rescue such girls from these brothels.

They also told us that, there are false floor in the houses in GB Road , in which , in cases of raid girls are dumped in these false floors.

After reading a few case files and interaction with a few girls, who were rescued on that day and were brought before the Members, I observed that most of them belong to lower middle family and hardly a few studies.

Most of girls are employed as domestic helps and in many cases they are physically and sexually abused by their employers. Beating these children is in usual course of this employment.

Day 14 (27/06/2013) – Day Visit to Front office, DLSA

In the front office of DLSA, Advocate Amrendra Chaube explained us about the difference between real practice and law as prescribed in curriculum books.

He told us the importance of evidence which is considered as the most important factor of the judgment.On a whole it was an informative interaction with the advocate of DLSA.

Day 15 (28/06/2013) – Day visit to MM Court (Court no 5)

We got an opportunity to attend the proceedings of the court of Honorable Sh.Sudhesh Kumar. The Court deals with cases related to Extradition.

A case which was advocated in front of him was regarding a sexual assault of a girl in America which was committed by the father of a church who was from India.

We heard the arguments of the case and were in awe with the oratory power of the counsels. The Magistrate was generous enough to allow us to have a personal interaction with him. He emphasized on practical experience rather than bookish knowledge to succeed in life.

He told us that even Judges face certain problems while dealing with the cases presented before them.

He emphasized on the fact that Indian judiciary is the most hardworking and consist of honest people who believe in rendering justice.

He told us about the importance of working hard from the very beginning after enrolling oneself in the Bar Association.

Conclusion

It was an excellent exposure which a first year law student can get.

Not only it gave us an opportunity to interact with people from different phases of life but also it helped to broaden our mind, thinking and most importantly our attitude towards life and the people around it.

I hope that the experience which I got here would help me provide an advantageous start in my legal career so that I could serve my society better.

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