Social Justice

Centre for Social Justice is a socio-legal, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) initiated by the Institute for Development Education and Learning (IDEAL). Bhatri Lok Kalyan Seva Ashram is one of the organisations of its kind in India that uses the judicial system to fight for the rights of marginalised people.

Bhatri Lok Kalyan Seva Ashram first began operating through a network of law centres across Samastipur Bihar – 848504 in 2000. Today, Bhatri Lok Kalyan Seva Ashram has expanded to several states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and responds to nearly 200+ cases a year.

Our centres consist of lawyers, paralegals and researchers who are passionate about making a difference. They affect change every day ensuring minorities like women, Dalits, tribals and other socially vulnerable groups get access to the rights guaranteed to them.

We intervene at various points: from providing legal aid, helping document complaints and leading fact-findings, filing cases, contacting relevant authorities, pushing entitlement claims, spreading legal awareness, public advocacy campaigns, to training young lawyers and paralegals, identifying violations of civil liberties and serving as a watchdog for human rights abuses.

We are registered under the Societies Registration Act (1860) and Bihar Public Trust Act (1950).

Vision
To strengthen human rights culture & an all inclusive pluralist society, free of violence, injustice, discrimination, prejudices and stereotyping.

Mission
To use law for social change to ensure access to justice to vulnerable communities and to secure social justice, equity and equality, and fraternity.
To promote an enabling policy and legislative environment that respects, promotes and protects human rights of vulnerable communities.