Internship Experience @ State Human Rights Commission, Chennai: Observe Court Proceedings, Help the Victims

Name. College. Year of Study.

Sushil Sarayu. T, 1st BSL., LLB, ILS Law College, Pune

Name of the organization. City 

The State Human Rights Commission, Chennai, is an autonomous public body constituted for the protection and promotion of human rights.

The commission is located in Greenways Road, R.A.Puram, Chennai.

The prime objective of the organization is to inquire into the violations of human rights and negligence of any government official.

It mainly constitutes of three departments namely, administration, legal and the investigation.

The legal department is located in the ground floor of the main building.

Duration of the internship. No. of days/week. Timings 

The duration of the internship is 3 weeks with 5 days a week.

I interned from 4th November to 22nd November of 2013.

The office timings are from 9:45 to 5:15 in the evening and the fact, Saturdays and Sundays are being holidays.

How big was the office? Team strength? 

The entire campus is well-spaced and maintained.

The legal department consists of a team of 10 members headed by a registrar.

The acting Chairperson of the commission was Thiru K Baskaran.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

The application for internship can either be submitted online or a written application is also accepted.

The application must be submitted one month in before hand specifying the exact dates of the course.

Then the legal department calls personally within a week and confirms the internship course.

Accommodation: how, where, how was it? 

No accommodations are provided for the interns from their side.

Since it is my home town I didn’t find any difficulty in commutation.

But I basically feel that accommodation won’t be an issue, now that metro is coming up in Chennai connecting all places and moreover one can reach R.A. Puram from all corners of the city using ricks.

In addition there are also many PGs in the nearby localities with all facilities.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

Since it was my first day at the intern I had to be there earlier to complete the last few formalities.

No sooner I was done with these work than that I was shown the place allocated for me.

It consisted of a desk with all the basic stationery required during work.

Next, an officer from the department explained me the regular functioning of the commission and also highlighted my role in it.

Main tasks

My daily task was to fill the FORM – E of the various cases filed by the victimized petitioners.

During this process we are also advised to skim through the facts of the case in order to get an idea about the level of exploitation of the human rights nowadays.

The most interesting aspect was that the commission had a human rights court within its premises and the interns can witness the court procedure every alternative day.

I observed these case proceedings in a real court for the first time in my life.

The petitioners and the defendants were present along with their lawyers, predominantly the defendants being police officials.

Then the commission also had an exclusive library to its merit, with a vast collection of law books.

In addition to this there was also a record room which stored all the closed cases of past years. I could read all the hallmark judgments passed by the commission in the past.

I was also asked to research on certain topics and submit the same on the last day.

Work environment, people 

The work experience was good and all the officials were patient enough in explaining things to me, since I being an amateur there.

They provide us with refreshments during the afternoons and the evenings.

Every day I could have a different experience of meeting new people and learning new aspects of law.

Moreover I got the opportunity to work with senior most officials of the commission and fortunate enough to learn a lot of work ethics from them.

Best things?

The first one would be the office timings, it ensured that we spend some quality time for ourselves.

Next, I felt that the entire experience was so useful that it inspired me to do extensive study on human rights.

In spite of being a government office, this had the unique aspect of attending to all the petitioners with due respect irrespective of their background.

Bad things?

Since they advice individual effort we had to work separately and as a result I was unable to socialize with my co-interns at work.

Except the court proceedings, the remaining work was quite repetitive which made the work profile monotonous.

There were certain times when we were made to do loads of work if any other intern was on leave. (But only at times)

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues 

The lunch break was the only way to relax during the whole day.

Still we had those light moments between the hectic schedule.

Stipend/month

The commission does not provide any special considerations for the interns.

Anything else you’d like to tell; Biggest lessons 

I personally feel that one can initially start interning from a place like HRC and then move on to other kinds of institutions.

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  1. Saumitra Shrivastava says:

    I was informed that SHRCs are literally internships for namesake. Reading the review changed the same to the extent of me being fascinated to work for them, in my future internships.

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