Legal Aid Department

Cultural Academy for Peace provides Legal aid which aims to empower vulnerable and key populations with an increased knowledge of laws and their rights, also making them aware of the ways to seek redress for human rights violations, including discrimination of any type. Around one third of women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner; and 18% have experienced such violence in the past 12 months. In the most extreme cases, violence against women is lethal: globally, an estimated 137 women are killed by their intimate partner or a family member every day. Attitudes are changing, women’s acceptance of being beaten by their partners decreased in almost 75% of countries with data over the past seven years. Women strive for their own rights. We support women in crisis situation by providing them legal aid.

Awareness Programmes on legal literacy is given in collaboration with stakeholders like Women and Child Department. Classes are conducted on various ACTs like:

  • Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (DV Act)
  • Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act)
  • Sexual Harassment of Women in Work Places (POSH Act)
  • The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA)

Legal Literacy provides better awareness of the legal provisions helping citizens to implement and exercise their rights.

  • Service Providing Centre (SPC)

Cultural Academy for Peace with support of central and state government is providing legal and counseling support to women survivors of domestic violence. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 is an Act of the Parliament of India enacted to protect women from domestic violence. Complaint can be filed by any woman who alleges to have been subjected to any act of domestic violence by the offender or any person may file a complaint on her behalf. Complaint can be filed against any adult male member who has been in a domestic relationship with the woman, relatives of the husband or the male partner, includes both male and female relatives of the male partner.

The centre provides legal advice and expertise with the firm support of Police department, legal counselor and counselors. In special case SPC procures the assistance of the concerned police officials and District Protection Officer.

Apart from providing direct service to women, the centre has a key role in increasing awareness on violence prevention and the legislation in place to address various related issues. Counselors engage in outreach programmes for the public to provide awareness on atrocities faced by women and the related legislation.

Three-fold aspects of SPC activities with women facing violence