JULY 2015



The department seeks to improve the institutional capacities of key justice service providers to enable them to effectively serve the poor and disadvantaged. The Access to Justice initiative is being rolled out in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where interventions like legal literacy, training of Sabla girls, training of paralegal volunteers under NALSA scheme, Justice Innovation Fund, young lawyers for justice fellowship programme etc are being implemented.

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organise Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.

UNDP Partners with people at all level of society to build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP launched the "Access to Justice" initiative to enhance government interaction with citizens, focus on right to information, inclusive growth and quick and inexpensive delivery of justice with speed and affordability by strengthening legal aid and empowerment for marginalized people.

OneWorld Foundation India works in collaboration with governments, multilateral organisations, corporates and the civil society for furthering social and sustainable development. The OneWorld network uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), creates and disseminates information on development issues, and also reaches out to the people at the grassroots level through innovative communication mediums.

Access to Justice

NyayaPath is an innovative Access to Justice initiative to enable marginalised and other communities in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to use technology to access information on welfare laws, policies and schemes in local languages like Santhali and Chhattisgarhi. Read more...

In Focus


Child Marriage

We see a lot of marriages taking place around us. However, do you know that a marriage of a boy below 21 years of age and a girl below 18 years of age is called child marriage? According to the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2006, such marriage is a criminal offence. Any such boy or girl, who marry someone below the permissible age, along with the parents/guardians and relatives of the boy and girl and the Pandit or Kazi, who conduct the marriage ceremony, are all responsible for committing the offence of child marriage.

There are many reasons behind considering child marriage an offence. Both the girl and the boy are not prepared either physically or emotionally to get married at such a young age. Due to this reason, they can have various problems later in life. The Government has taken many steps to completely remove this practice from the society. Prohibition officers have been appointed to stop child marriages. Anyone who has information can complain about the child marriage..Read more...

About Child Marriage   Complaints
About invalidity of
child marriage
  Negative effects of
child marriage
Radio Programme - Senior Citizens

The radio programme features an interview with Himanshu Rath, Founder, Agewell Foundation. Speaking about the basic needs of senior citizens, he stresses that we should change our mindset vis-vis them and also try to understand the current situation of old age homes.


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