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JUL 2015
IPROBONO NEWS

A hopeful future for Amal* and her family - an update nine months after the case concluded

Thank you to all those who donated to Amal and her family.

Amal was three years old when she was sexually assaulted by a neighbour. In October 2014 we represented Amal in the Delhi High Court and successfully overturned the trial court's judgment where Amal's testimony had been dismissed. In the High Court, the accused was found guilty, Amal's compensation was increased, the Secretary of Health was ordered to pay for her ongoing healthcare and the Court delivered a detailed judgment on how children should be questioned in Court to determine their credibility. 

Following this, we secured admission for Amal at a leading school in New Delhi and she is now in Class 1. We applied for her to be enrolled under the Right to Education quota, so her school fees are free. In the process we learned that this quota is often underutilised and we are now working on addressing this issue at a systemic level.

Amal loves her new school and has made several friends. Her teachers, who we meet every quarter report that she is eager to learn new activities and is always cheerful.

The donations we received for Amal allowed her and her family to sustain themselves and have been used for:

  • Relocation to a flat close to the school
  • Maintenance for the family of five
  • School supplies - bags, shoes and other essentials for Amal and her younger brother
  • Medical expenses for Amal and her brothers

Her mother is trying to start a small shop close to their house selling fruits but there have been difficulties with ensuring a reliable income.

The family require funds in the future for the following purposes:

  • Continued home tuition for Amal and her younger brother to help them cope at school
  • Rent for a small room close to the school where the children study. Currently they pay Rs.5500/- as monthly rent for the room that the five of them stay in
  • Costs associated with starting a new business for Amal's mother so that she can support herself and the family

We continue to assist Amal's mother in finding a secure source of income so that the money contributed by donors can be saved for the children's future.

If you would like to make a donation to Amal, we have opened an account for her mother in HDFC Bank to which we have transferred all existing donations. We are helping her manage the account.

The bank details are here:

Bank: HDFC
Branch: Sunder Nagar
Account No: 50100078473462
Account holder: Tunia
IFSC Code: HDFC0000484

Thank you,

The iProbono Team

Note: After Amal's case, iProbono formed a panel of lawyers to provide representation to children who have survived sexual abuse. The panel was launched in March 2015, and the inaugural event was attended by a sitting Judge of the Delhi High Court, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ravindra Bhat, and by three eminent senior advocates. Amal's mother spoke at the event about her experience with the justice system. More on the panel can be found at Bar & Bench.

All the children we represent come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and suffer severe mental trauma. Almost all of them need intensive psychotherapy and often do not have the funds to afford the best care available.

If you are interested in contributing to their rehabilitation, please email us on contact@i-probono.com.

*All names have been changed for privacy reasons