Dhaka, Bangladesh
Women, children getting legal aid for free at NLASO

Women, children getting legal aid for free at NLASO

COMILLA, Oct 12: Rustom used to beat his wife Pervin out of rage over petty things. Pervin remained mum for long, but enough is enough. She filed a case against Rustom for torturing with Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal and with family court in Comilla seeking divorce. But Rustom seems to understood his mistakes and wasn't ready to let Pervin go off his life. He tried to convince Pervin, when failed; both of them went to Comilla office of National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO) and by the mediation of the official, both of them agreed to give it another chance, reports BSS. They agreed to continue their conjugal life for another three months. If both the parties fulfill their conditions accordingly in this period, Pervin assured that she will withdraw her cases. Such cases are becoming very common, where people, especially women are knocking on the doors of law to get justice for free. Government through its different organizations including NLASO has provided legal assistance at its cost to 3, 00,598 people from 2009 to March, 2018. "Of these, only NLASO has provided legal aid to 2, 01,125 people. Of those, 1, 03,154 were women, 97,442 were men and 529 were children. We have been able to help realizing Taka 8, 35, 09,454 peacefully through mediation and provided legal assistance to 6,915 people through pre-case and post-case dispute resolution from July, 2015, to March, 2018," Law Minister Anisul Huq told BSS. Under NLASO, people can avail free legal advice, mediation between two parties over solvable disputes, conciliation in cases sent from the court, supplying vakalatnama for free, appointing lawyers to carry out cases, paying lawyers' fee, paying honorarium to mediators, supplying copies of verdict or order for free and paying expenses for DNA tests, among others. The district legal aid offices give legal assistances both over criminal and civil offences like marrying again without the permission of first wife, torturing wife, demanding dowry or torturing for dowry, throwing acid, trafficking, abduction, rape and illegal confinement by law enforcers. Apart from these, the government on April 28, 2016, launched toll-free national helpline 16430 for providing legal aid to people. According to ministry sources, a total of 9, 887 women got legal aid over phone by dialing the helpline till September, 2018.

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