Human Rights Law Network
The unit focuses on justice for the victims of Punjab disappearances, women’s justice, Dalit rights, disability rights, child rights, labour rights and HIV/AIDS and related issues. In doing so, it engages in legal aid, PILs, trainings/workshops and publications in each of these areas. Of particular concern to the unit is also the declining sex-ratio of females as well as disability issues. Keen on leveraging HRLN’s national network, the
Chandigarh-based unit collaborates with other groups in the state and HRL N units on a regular basis.
The unit has been an integral part of healing process for the thousands of families who lost loved ones in the decade–long saga of disappearances. In addition to this work, the team has established a reputation for several good orders on disability. In particular, one involving a deaf woman who was the victim of domestic violence and cruelty by her husband and in-laws, yet was unable to communicate the offenses to anyone outside her home, let alone access the justice system. Through our support and legal intervention, the woman has won her court case, freed herself from an abusive marriage and maintains a mentally and financially stable existence. This case has become a reference point for such incidents in the state and indeed across the country.