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8 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Women ahead in giving legal aid to the poor

Muhammad Yeasin
Women ahead in giving legal aid to the poor

Women are clearly ahead of men in giving legal assistance to people under the National Legal Aid Services Organisation (NLASO).

The NLASO has offices in each of 64 districts across the country.  Through these offices the government provides free legal assistance to people who cannot afford to appoint lawyers.

After appointing lawyers, the government provides legal assistance to these people in every district.

Women lawyers are clearly ahead in giving legal assistance under the NLASO, according to sources. Rehena Akhtar, a resident of Comilla Sadar, married Rasel in 2013. But she was subjected to torture for failing to give dowry.

After several months, Rehena approached the villagers, seeking their help in resolving the problem. After giving Tk. 50,000 as dowry, Rehena resumed her conjugal life with Rasel.

But a after few days, Rasel and his parents sent Rehena back to her father’s home, though she was already pregnant. Rehena’s father filed a case against Rasel under the dowry Prohibition Act. The case was rejected as Rehena could not meet the cost of running the case.

In the meantime, Rehena gave birth to a baby boy and Rasel sent a divorce notice to her.

Rehena filed another case against Rasel under the Women and Children Prevention Act. The court accepted the case and sent it to the NLASO for mutual settlement.

National Legal Aid (NLA) senior assistant judge Farzana, after several meetings with the two sides, disposed of the case on the condition that Rasel would give Tk. 2 lakh and bear the monthly expenditure of bringing up the child.

Rehena is just one example. A total of 216 women submitted applications to the NLA office in Comilla in last year. All the cases were handled by women who provided free legal services to the victims' families, according to sources.

The NLA offices have so far provided free legal assistance to 1,064 poor people, who could not afford to appoint lawyers to fight their cases, the sources said. The government enacted the Legal Aid Services Act 2000 (LASA) in order to ensure access to justice by poor and indigent people.

The National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) was established to implement the government's legal aid programme across the country. The NLASO provides legal aid to poor litigants who are incapable of seeking justice due to financial incapacity, destitution, helplessness and other socio-economic reasons. At least 190,357 people received legal assistance from the NLASO in 64 districts across the country since its inception in 2000. Among them, 98,000 were women.

Women lawyers and women NLA officers are clearly ahead  of their male counterparts in providing legal help to poor people, NLA sources said.

Abeda Sultana, deputy director of the NLASO, said NLA offices across the country provide free legal assistance to victims.

She also said women are more interested in taking free legal services from the NLA offices.

Women lawyers in these offices engage themselves in giving legal assistance to the victims and the instances of giving free legal aid are increasing daily, she added.

The Supreme Court (SC) has an NLA committee in which a number of women lawyers provide free legal service. Besides, the number of women lawyers has increased in SC and in lower courts.

Women were not interested in becoming lawyers earlier. But the scenario has now changed and they are joining the legal profession, according to Bar Council sources.

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