Covid-19 Response

Prior to the announcement of the National Lockdown on the 25th of March 2020, a number of courts had shut down in response to the present pandemic of COVID 19. Furthermore Socio-Legal Information Centre cancelled a number of Consultations and Meetings that were to be held in the during this period. As soon as the lockdown was announced it became clear that human rights was a major concern that had to be dealt with, with people below the poverty line not being able to access food security schemes, women and lactating mothers not being able to access schemes for their reproductive health, migrant labourers being treated like dirt - the number of human rights violations that came to the forefront were very many.

Initially the courts seemed inapproachable, with lawyers and affected people attempting to figure out how the would issues be raised in court and proceedings would be conducted through video conferencing. Slowly but steadily SLIC lawyers started filing cases in court, one of the first cases filed were to provide relief to persons in prisons, which was followed closely with cases filed to address issues faced by migrant labourers. 

Parallelly being socially conscious individuals lawyers and social activists realized the importance of giving direct aid to persons, lawyers and activists were involved in distribution of dry ration and grains, distribution of masks and sanitizers and in a number of places distribution of cooked food for those who were in urgent need of food. Through the network and through various partners, SLIC covered various marginalized populations including PLHIV, Transgender Persons, persons living in slums, migrant labourers among a range of people across the country.

SLIC Lawyers and activists have been providing assistance, in terms of financial and other kinds of assistance through their own pockets and through partnering with organisations. It would be extremely helpful if you could donate any sum of money for the work that SLIC is doing. Every sum counts.

                                                                      Covid-19 Relief Work '21

During the second wave, the condition of migrant workers who work in the capital as laborers, faced another wrath of the pandemic.

As soon as the second lockdown was announced by the Delhi Government, migrant workers in large number rushed to bus stands and railway stations to measure their journey back to their villages to escape the unforeseen dreadful reality they faced during the last lockdown. But there were several left out of those had to stay back in the city. Sooner than expected, they were left with no job, no money, and no food to feed their family or even survive as an individual. SLIC and other organizations came forward to make sure that sufficient  food amenities reached to the ones in need.

SLIC along with other organizations like Bandhua Mukti Morcha, CCBI Commission for Migrants, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Working People's Charter, etc, distributed ration to those workers who lost their jobs Delhi.

Understanding the need of the hour and adhering to human rights, SLIC team members stayed on ground and made sure that relief in the form of ration reached to every person who is stuck in the city with no source to get through.

SLIC still continues to provide food and basic amenities to the marginalized section of the society who  cannot afford to survive in yet another lockdown on their own.

Relief work  in Delhi , Assam, Hyderabad, Bihar


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