The Constitution of India treats all citizens equally and provides them equal protection under the law. Still, the common citizen faces barriers to ‘Access to Justice.’ Lack of resources and social backwardness are two major factors that hamper the common person from accessing justice. The myth surrounding law and legal terminology is perhaps another biggest reason for pending litigation and lack of enforcement measures, especially in rural areas. To overcome the problem Legal literacy is seen as a tool to bring change at the grassroots level.

The Department of Justice has been implementing a project since 2012 on enhancing “Access to Justice” in North Eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura & Sikkim and Jammu & Kashmir.

To bridge the gap of injustice and create awareness among the rural locations of North East and Jammu & Kashmir, CSC SPV has collaborated with Department of Justice, Government of India to undertake Legal Literacy program through existing CSCs across selected states.

The objective of the program:

  • To identify citizens in the neighborhood who deserve legal aid or assistance.
  • To spread legal literacy and awareness related to rights by conducting sessions by gathering 40-50 participants from neighboring areas.
  • Strengthen rural people so that they know and understand the primary levels of laws recognize them and challenge injustices much more forcefully.