National Commission on Minorities’ legal cell deserted

New Delhi: Legal cell of National Commission on Minorities to provide legal assistance to members of the minority community (Muslims) falsely implicated by police and security agencies in terrorist and other such cases appears these days to be completely deserted because since long no one has approached it to seek legal assistance.

According to the Commission the main reason of this is that there is lack of awareness and knowledge among the people about the existence of such a cell and under such circumstances it is very essential that awareness among people about the existence of such a cell should be created. Commission authorities said that Chairman Wajahat Habibullah will soon write letters to all states in this connection.

Commission member Ajaib Singh, while confirming about people not coming forward to avail of the services and facilities of the legal cell and chairman Habibullah writing letters to states said that it was decided in the Commission’s meeting that for creating and increasing awareness about the legal cell, help and cooperation of Urdu, Punjabi and local language newspapers will be sought and importance and necessity of this will also be highlighted on social media.

He further said that every week two lawyers are invited on Wednesdays and Fridays for this very purpose i.e. for familiarising people with these cells so that legal assistance could be provided to people who need such services. Sources in Minorities Commission also say that since no persons come to seek legal assistance, these lawyers have no work and hence they have stopped coming to the Commission’s office.

He further said that it will also be made clear that those people who find it difficult to personally come to the Commission’s office can seek legal assistance from lawyers over the telephone.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 14

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