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LEGAL HELP UNIT AT BUDGE BUDGE

The unit of Keertika at Budge Budge is a story of bravehearts who toil everyday to provide respite to the distressed downtrodden of Budge Budge, Maheshtala, Pujali and the region near the region. It was kick started in 2011 under the aegis of KUSP and Budge Budge municipality. Since then it has become an umbrella that provides legal advice to not only the downtrodden women of the region but also to the elderly and anyone who needs help.

The demography of that part of South 24 Parganas is predominantly that of minority. It’s political scenario is of strife and deprivation. Keertika has battled the deep-rooted social abuse rampant there. In the last 4 years, they have trained the women of the region to be self-sufficient and have managed to bring about a major change in the mindset of the general people. The baton of this success is being carried ahead by the local CDS members. Now, Keertika is synonymous with justice.

REHABILITATION OF THE INCARCERATED LUNATIC

Keertika launched PROJECT KALPANA for the reform and rehabilitation of criminal lunatics

REHABILITATION OF VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING, ABUSE AND VIOLENCE

Keertika runs a shelter under aided by VITAL ITALY and The Hope Foundation, meant for ex-convicts and trafficked or abused girls. The inmates of the home are being provided with food, clothing and medical facility. Both formal and vocational education is being given to them.

RIGHTS OF PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED/DIFFERENTLY-ABLED

The defenseless are the ones that are the most victimized in our society. The physically challenged or the differently abled are the first in this list. The problem is compounded if there is need financial aid or entitlement. Keertika’s legal team ensures that their rights are not encroached on.

FAMILY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING

A major part of Keertika’s day to day activity is providing counseling to individual and families. The counseling team comprises of certified counselors and psychiatrists.

REHABILITATION OF EX-CONVICTS

PROJECT KAREEB is a rehabilitation programme essentially for ex-convicts but was also adapted for the under trials

PSYCHIATRIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING FOR THE UNDER-TRIALS:

Keertika’s PROJECT KOSHISH is the legal assistance and human rights wing that provides psychiatric and psychological counseling is provided to convicts and under-trial prisoners.

LEGAL AWARNESS CAMP

Keertika recently organized a two days Legal Awareness Camp in collaboration with West Bengal Commission for the women of Amgachia, Bishnupur Block I. It was an outreach program that drew in women as well as men. The need for such legal camps in rural West Bengal was brought home by this exercise. Keertika identified several cases there and has taken up their cause. Keertika has roused and inspired the women of the area, who now formed a similar association of their own.

MICRO FINANCE

Keertika has tried to provide an earning scheme for the under-trials via PROJECT KAJAL.

OPEN MIKE

Keertika holds an open to all discussion session every month which are brainstorming sessions upon issues and problems threatening the holistic development of the society.

LAWYERS COLLECTIVE WITH BEHALA KEERTIKA

Legal aid lawyers often lack adequate knowledge and understanding of laws and legal remedies, particularly in situations of violence perpetrated against women and children. And in cases of violence against children, particularly sexual violence, sensitive and nuanced handling becomes the key to prevent secondary victimization and enable children to speak out.

Lawyers Collective is developing a National Network of lawyers from across the country to develop their advocacy capacities to provide rights-based legal services to women survivors / child survivors.

BEHALA KEERTIKA has joined hands with Lawyers Collective to be instrumental in this drive in the districts of Kolkata and South 24 Parganas.

JUNGLE MAHAL VISIT

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