Monday, August 20, 2018

An inspirational treat to your eyes, ears and heart: Watch Pakistani barrister Haya Zahid,who provides free legal service to the marginalized prisoners in jails

Haya studied law at University College London (UCL) and completed her Bar Vocational Course from City Law School in London. She left a promising career as a corporate lawyer to work at the Legal Aid Office (LAO),  which provides legal aid and representation to underprivileged pre-trial prisoners in Sindh




Raj Rishi

A brief intro first

On May 3, 2018 Jetindaera Arjanwara, a 21-year-old Indian national who had been in Pakistani jails since 2013, was repatriated to his own country.


As reported by the Indian Express, he suffers from sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder that requires regular blood transfusion. Apparently, he had left his house in the Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh as a teenager over a domestic dispute. He came all the way to Rajasthan and, while walking across the desert, inadvertently crossed over into the Sindh province of Pakistan. He was brought to the Hyderabad juvenile jail.


Though he received help from several Pakistani and Indian civil society activists as well as journalists, but the one whose efforts made the biggest impact was barrister Haya Zahid, who works on a government-mandated committee to inspect sanitary conditions in Pakistani jails and also provides free legal service to the innocent prisoners rotting there..-The Wire

Meet the Pakistani Barrister Who Fought to Repatriate an Ailing Indian Prisoner 
Representative image. Credit: Reuters

In this talk, Haya shares her journey of her work to enhance legal empowerment of marginalized communities through raising awareness of legal rights and remedies and enhancing capacity of state actors to respond to these communities.

Haya left a promising career as a corporate lawyer to work at the Legal Aid Office (LAO), a quasi-governmental agency, which provides legal aid and representation to underprivileged pre-trial prisoners in Sindh.

She is also the Program Director at the Legal Aid Society, an NGO that works to enhance legal empowerment of marginalized communities through raising awareness of legal rights and remedies and enhancing capacity of state actors to respond to these communities.



Haya studied law at University College London (UCL) and completed her Bar Vocational Course from City Law School in London. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.








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