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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Nyay Seva Kendra opened for women inmates at Burail jail

Chandigarh, February 10

Justice Jaswant Singh, a Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of the State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, today inaugurated Nyay Seva Kendra at the Model Jail, Burail.

This one-stop solution centre for women prisoners has been set up in the female barracks of Model Jail by the District Legal Services Authority, UT, Chandigarh under a campaign aimed at enhancing legal services for women inmates and their accompanying children.

Vijay Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh; Mahavir Singh, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh; Ombir Singh, IG Prisons, Chandigarh; Virat, Joint IG-cum-Superintendent of Jail; and Ashok Kumar Mann, Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, were also present on the occasion.

Justice Jaswant Singh, said: "Nyay Seva Kendra is the only integrated centre in the country that is bringing together five different departments to serve the female prisoners and their children."

This centre will not only look after the needs of the prisoners while in the Jail, but efforts will also be made to link them to suitable rehabilitation services after their release from the prison.

Another facility that was visited today by Justice Jaswant Singh was a "Library-cum-Reading Room". Some female prisoners had expressed the need for a library-cum-reading room in the jail. Ombir Singh said when the matter of the library was brought to the attention of Justice Jaswant Singh, he had expressed his desire to take up the issue with the prison authorities urgently.

The centre will be run with the help of various departments. It will be functional from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 12 noon. —TNS

from The Tribune

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