India launches free legal aid via video conferencing to villagers
The “Tele-Law” initiative has launched by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law
and Justice, Electronics, and Information Technology.
It will be piloted in 500 village councils in the northern
states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and then rolled out across the rest of the
country in a phased manner.
Villagers will access the service through newly established
"Common Service Centres” -single-window centres providing online services
to the public in rural areas where there is little or poor internet
Through the “Tele-Law” portal, people will be able to access
lawyers - selected by the government in their state capitals - and seek advice
on anything from land disputes to domestic violence cases via video conference.
Hundreds of village women will also be trained up as
paralegal volunteers and will act as the first point of contact for rural
citizens -explaining the advice given by lawyers and assisting if further
action is required.
Their training will include understanding laws on social
justice and fundamental rights.
It will include women and child rights as well as
Tele-Law will fulfill our commitment to ensure access to
justice and empowerment of the poor.
The Common Services Centers and paralegal volunteers will
offer easy legal advice to litigants in rural India making them digitally and
An economic boom over the last two decades has lifted
millions of Indians out of poverty and boosted literacy rates in the country of