Why we do?

  • Our existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in India who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation. While the rich and the middle class citizens can afford the legal services, it is the poor and marginalised rural and tribal communities who are left out. They suffer injustice or seek justice through informal systems. It is this sort of situation prevailing in the countryside that provides a fertile ground for the exploitation of the poor and for the growth of extremist forces, undermining the rule of law and constitutional governance.
  • The Constitution of India by virtue of Article 39 A directs the State to provide free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society, to promote justice on the basis of equal opportunity. Further, Article 14 and 22 (2) of the Constitution ensures equality before law, as well as equal protection of law. Also, the United Nations Sustainable Development – Goal 16 emphasizes on the obligation of States ‘to ensure equal access to justice for all’. Though the State has launched a number of schemes to provide legal aid to the poor people, there are still a large population of citizens who are unable to access justice due to lack of resources. The poor continue to be at the receiving end of an indifferent administration because of the difficulties in accessing justice through conventional legal aid. IPF provides for a platform for such needy people to avail justice through some of the well established lawyers without incurring any cost.
  • IPF also aims at fighting corruption in the country and honouring the honest public servants for their good work. Corruption in India is an issue that adversely affects the country's economy and the credibility of central, state and local government agencies. It is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. Corruption is one of the main obstacles to sustainable economic, political and social development and is the root cause of instability and inequality in India. Despite a number of schemes launched and laws passed by the Government, Corruption still persists and the rate of corruption keeps increasing at an alarming rate. This calls for a need to fight corruption at all levels. IPF provides a platform where people can file their complaints against corrupt officials so that proper legal recourse could be taken. The aim is to contribute in the fight against corruption.
  • IPF also honours the honest public servants for their good work and righteousness. Supreme Court, while delivering judgement in a recent case, Ram Lakhan Singh v. State Government of Uttar Pradesh through Chief Secretary(Writ Petition (Civil) no.933 of 2014), said that, "the dire necessity is to fill in the existing gap by protecting the honest officers while making the corrupt officers realize that they are not above law. The protection to an honest public servant is required not only in his interest but in the larger interest of Society." In furtherance of the statement made by the Supreme Court, IPF tries to provide protection to honest public officers from false charges, and honour them for their honesty. This may provide as a positive incentive to the public servants and encourage them and other public servants to maintain their honesty.