The Society for Child Development's newest project is the
Legal Literacy Campaign, begun in 2007. Realizing that the
poor and the uneducated have little or no access to legal
information or access to justice, the legal literacy campaign
was launched. In this program underprivileged slum communities
are surveyed and the identified persons with disabilities
are helped to access the various facilities provided by the
government including the all-important Disability Certificate,
one-time financial assistance, unemployment allowance, and
travel concessions. Weekly meetings are held to counsel them
about their difficulties and also to provide information regarding
relevant laws and policies using the legal modules developed
purpose of the Legal Literacy Campaign is to empower
persons with disabilities in low-income communities
by educating them about their rights and helping them
access government aid.
The SFCD selects a basti and sends a Field Team to identify
the persons with disabilities. These individuals, their family
members, and their neighbors are surveyed to determine whether
they have faced discrimination and how aware they are of the
rights they are entitled by the Persons with Disabilities
Act of 1995.
The Field Team gives each individual a request letter to determine
how he or she would like SFCD to help. SFCD then processes
these requests, which include applications for a Disability
Certificate, a pension for the disabled, an academic scholarship,
As the applicants wait to hear back from the relevant public
agencies, SFCD holds weekly legal modules for persons with
disabilities and any others who would like to attend. These
cassettes in Hindi feature a conversation focused on a particular
topic (such as employment, education, marriage, etc.) and
explains how the law addresses this issue for persons with
disabilities. Following the cassette, Shahla Haidar and Dr.
Vipin Malhotra, both experienced lawyers, hold a group discussion
and answer questions.
this project SFCD has contacted a marginalized segment of
the population and give them the training and education to
protect their rights and obtain government benefits entitled
Basti: Located behind Nehru Stadium, Viklang Basti
is home to over 200 people and 63 persons with disabilities.
SFCD is currently processing their requests.
Basti: Located in Nizamuddin, Stages 1 and 2 have
been completed and legal modules are being held for interested