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Online Jail Legal Aid Clinics launched
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 16 2021: Online Jail Legal Aid Clinics for the two jails of Manipur, viz Central Jail, Imphal and Central Jail, Sajiwa were virtually inaugurated on August 15, by Justice P V Sanjay Kumar, Chief Justice, High Court of Manipur & Patron-in-Chief, Manipur State Legal Services Authority MASLSA.

The clinics were inaugurated in the presence of Justice Lanusungkum Jamir, Judge, High Court of Manipur, Justice Kh Nobin Singh, Judge High Court of Manipur & Executive Chairman, MASLSA, Justice MV Muralidaran, Judge, High Court of Manipur, Justice A Bimol, Judge, High Court of Manipur, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Chief Secretary, Government of Manipur & P Doungel, Director General, Prison, Manipur.

Other dignitaries included the Registrar General, High Court of Manipur, District & Sessions Judges, Imphal East, Imphal West, Secretary (Law), Govt of Manipur, Special Secretary (Home) and judicial officers, said a press release by MASLSA.

Ojesh Mutum, Member Secretary of MASLSA welcomed the dignitaries and stated that the opening of such online legal aid clinics will not only rejuvenate the entire legal services provided at the jails, but also secures the rights of the prisoners during these troubled times.

Justice Kh Nobin Singh stated that the idea of the online legal aid clinics is to make sure that the prisoners are able to exercise their fundamental rights during this pandemic.

He further stated that there are already two Legal Aid Clinics, one in each of the two jails of Manipur.

But due to the pandemic, they were not able to function properly in physical mode.

Hence, the initiative for opening online Legal Aid Clinics has been taken up to ensure that the prisoners are provided effective and competent legal aid.

Justice PV Sanjay Kumar highlighted that the opening of these Legal Aid Clinics are part of the campaign for enhancing effective legal aid and services for prisoners initiated by MASLSA.

He stated that it is unfortunate that prisoners are often look down and treated as lesser human beings and hence it is imperative to educate them not only about their rights but also to help them in improving their overall living conditions.

He further stated that the campaign will effectively enable all the stakeholders in providing the most effective services to the prisoners.

P Doungel, DG (Prisons) Manipur stated that the Jail Legal Aid Clinics were much operational from before and PLVs of the Jail Legal Aid Clinics are instrumental in providing effective legal aid and services.

However, due to pandemic, their visits to the jail have been interrupted and restricted.

As per the amended protocol, the inmates were allowed to interact with PLVs of the Legal Aid Clinics, their family members or their lawyers through telephonic conversation and other virtual modes.

The programme was then followed by a live interaction between the inmates of the jails with the learned PLVs of the Jail Legal Aid Clinics, which is a sample of the online interaction to be carried out from now on during the pandemic.


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