Indian constitution ensures equality in access to justice and hence provides free legal aid so that justice is not denied to any citizen by reason of economic or other disability.
Legal Aid implies giving free legal service to the poor, downtrodden, weaker sections of the society who cannot afford the services of a lawyer for the conduct of a case or a legal proceeding in any court, tribunal or before an authority. As per Criminal Amendment Act, 2013 victim of crime has entitlement for legal aid and guidance to better understand and represent his/her side in court of law and even challenge the judgment in the case.
However the amendment in the Criminal Procedure Code has yet not received visibility. Victim himself along with most key stakeholders remain unaware and tend to not benefit from this provision. For e.g. they may stop their fight after judgment of trial court even when victim is dissatisfied with the judgment.
Let alone this, in the first place victims are mostly unaware about their case status, judgment in their case, proper legal procedures, their role, the stages of cases etc. Few victims shared that in their cases even though eye witness was present the trial court acquitted accused and they had no means to appeal against judgment.
The right given to crime victim to appeal before High Court will be only exercised to its full extend if awareness and demonstration can be shown to the criminal justice system.Hence DISHA has been helping people wanting better representation in the court of law through this service by assisting them in the case, in getting legal aid and contacts of sensitive yet expert advocates for better representation of case in court.