Human Rights Law Network
F-1, (Fourth floor)
Mokama House (Near Oro Dental)
Vishnu Place, Boring Canal Road
Contact Person: Mr Vikas Kumar Pankaj, Adv.
The Bihar Unit based at Patna was established in 2008 with a fourfold mission of sensitising different stakeholders to child rights, Dalit rights, and health rights related issues; supporting proper implementation of the welfare acts; providing free legal services to NGOs and individuals; and supporting mass mobilization for social justice. Since this unit I not very old, we have one advocate and an HIV/AIDS counselor. The advocate specializes in child rights, the juvenile justice system, child marriage and child labour, while the HIV/AIDS counselor focuses mostly on counseling for HIV-positive people. We plan to expand the unit in near future.
Apart from these focus areas, the Bihar Unit works on all other HRLN Initiatives and partners with ten local organizations towards realizing shared goals. Staff time
is divided between individual cases, PILS, training, networking and counseling. While aid and support is provided to all of those in need, special outreach focus is directed to marginalized communities who otherwise cannot afford access to justice.
The unit has worked on several cases which merit mention for the impact they have made on the lives of juvenile who were treated in violation of the Juvenile Justice Act. The unit also field a PIL, which resulted in the rescue and proper rehabilitation of those affected by the Bihar floods. A devastating event that is under-addressed due to the low socio-economic class of most of its victims, the PIL result is bringing benefits to thousands of people who otherwise would not have received assistance by the government.