‘Friendship’ launches virtual help desk for legal support

Published : 16 Sep 2021 09:56 PM

The ‘Friendship’ has launched ‘Online Legal Information and Help Desk’ to help marginalised people in hard-to-reach areas get the government’s free of cost service.

 The Legal Information and Help Desk is based at the District Legal Aid Office, Kurigram, Chief Judicial Magistrate Court premises.

Friendship said this virtual help desk would ensure service to destitute, deprived, marginalised and hard-to-reach communities of Kurigram.

They will also share learning and experience with the National Legal Aid Services Organization (NLASO), different government bodies, NGOs, donors and other stakeholders.

Md. Abdul Mannan, Senior District & Session Judge and Chairman of District Legal Aid Committee, Kurigram hoped that the launch of this online legal information and help desk would ensure the legal rights of the marginalised and disadvantaged.

Runa Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship, said that hundreds of thousands of people in Roumari, Rajibpur and Chilmari subdistricts of Kurigram district are isolated from the mainland through the Brahmaputra River, and that it is very difficult for them to come to the district court to seek legal services.

She said Friendship has been providing legal services for a long time by setting up local legal booths in most of the chars (sedimentary deltaic islets).

“Now, the Friendship's online legal information and help desk is being set up at the District Legal Aid Office to serve the people of char as well as the people of Kurigram. As a result, local residents will get all kinds of legal services online or offline.”