Internship @ Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), Allahabad : Preparing Survey Reports, Drafting PILs and Writs, No Stipend

Name: Ambuj Dixit, KIIT Bhubaneshwar School of Law, 2nd year

Name of the organisation: Human Rights Law Network, Allahabad

How big was the office? It was a 2 room office. National Director of the organization Mr. K.K Roy sat in one room. The other was for interns to prepare their project reports and drafting of PIL’s.

There was a library in between the two rooms well equipped with SCC and AIR journals.

In the library 2 subordinate lawyers had their chamber. And also there was one munshi who helped us with all kinds of extra stuff like Xerox, print outs and filing of the writs.

Application procedure. Internship contact details: For application you can visit the webpage and there you will have to fill up a form asking some general details,you CV and a write-up on Why are you interested in Human Rights?

If they have got vacancies then they will inform you by sending a mail or an SMS.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings: 10th June – 30th June (20 days). Work was everyday. There were no exact timing but generally it was 9:00 A.M-3:00 PM

Accommodation: In Allahabad you can find many cheap lodges due to the presence of Allahabad University. I have my brother doing his research there so I shared his room.

It was a 15 minutes drive from my cousin’s lodge to the office at Ashok Nagar. We went to different restaurants . We passed jokes and as it was basically a field based internship so I surfed around whole of Allahabad.

First impression: First impression for me was quite charming . There were no formalities to be fulfilled as I had already sent my CV to them.

On reaching the office I met National Director of the organization Mr. K.K. Roy and then I was asked about which team I would like to work with. I chose a team and on the very first day we started our surveys.

Main tasks: The main tasks which were given to us were divided. As we were a group of 10 people, 5 were given the task of surveying different places and 5 were acquainted with the task of preparing survey reports and writ petitions.

The first issue which was given to us was the implementation of Vishakha case guideline for formation of a Women grievances cell at all government,semi-government and private offices. I was in team for surveys so we went to all the government and private organizations in city of Allahabad including office of Advocate General , CBSE board office etc.

Then based on our report we prepared a writ petition and filed it in the form of a PIL in THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE at Allahabad and argued the PIL ourselves.

We got a very good response from the Divisional bench of Hon’ble justice Shri Sudhir Agarwal and Sunita Agarwal. Standing counsel was directed to see to the implementation of The Hon’ble Supreme Court guidelines and submit a report before the court in a period of 10 days.

Our other work was against the improper storage of food grains by FCI and our third work was regarding implementation of SARVA SIKSHA ABHIYAN in the slum areas of Allahabad but unfortunately we were not able to file the writ on the third issue due to shortage of time .

Work environment, people: The work environment was terrific.

Ms. Smriti Kartikeya who was the internship co-ordinator took proper care of the interns and whenever we needed any kind of help we were guided by Smriti ma’am and Vishal sir. People were very good, they showed a mixture of professionalism and enthusiasm.

Best things:  The best thing about this kind of internship was the exposure I got.

We prepared the writ ourselves and argued before the court. There is great confidence boost after this kind of internship.

I made new friends, increased some people in the directory of contacts and last but not the least working for Human rights of the downtrodden people was kinda blessing for me.

Bad things: I can’t say there was none. The thing which at times disappointed me was the hectic working schedule.

Also, at times the places which we were suppose to visit and report to the assigned person, the assigned person was never on time and sometimes even went missing so there also inconvenience was caused to the interns.

Stipend/ month: Since it was an organisation run on donations, stipends were not paid to interns. However, the work made up for it.

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