Team New Delhi - Access to Justice- Prison Reform


Madhurima Dhanuka - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Madhurima Dhanuka is a Consultant in the Prison Reforms Programme and heads the West Bengal chapter. She has an LL.M. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nottingham, UK and a LL.B. (Hons) degree from Institute of Law, Jiwaji University, Gwalior. She previously practiced in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior Bench. Her work involves ensuring access to legal aid to prisoners, and has been involved in a number of public interest litigations pertaining to repatriation of foreign national prisoners, detention of juveniles in prisons and ensuring physical production of accused persons in court. When she is not working, you can find her cooking or crocheting. She can be reached at madhurima@humanrightsinitiative.org

Sugandha Shankar - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Sugandha Shankar is a Programme Officer in the Prison Reforms Programme. She is a law graduate from ILS Law College, Pune, and holds a Diploma in Human Rights and Law. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi. She also contributes by experience gathered from a WHO (World Health Organization) project, where she worked on the curriculum building project on International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights. She also participated in the Feminist Jurisprudence course conducted by the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She can be reached at sugandha@humanrightsinitiative.org

Mrinal Sharma - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Mrinal Sharma is a Project Officer with the Prison Reform Program. She manages the Urgent Action Desk that works for timely repatriation of foreign prisoners and immediate release of asylum seekers. Her work also entails advocating for safer, secure and humane jails by ensuring proper oversight, monitoring and inspection of Indian jails. She received her B.A (Hons) in Philosophy and Bachelors in Law (LLB) from University of Delhi. She also holds a Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution from NALSAR University, Hyderabad. When she is not living vicariously through prisoners, she can be seen trying to be a good whisperer to her rescued dogs and watching movies about middle east. She can be reached at mrinal@humanrightsinitiative.org.

Raja Bagga - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Raja Bagga is a Project Officer in the Prison Reforms Program and undertakes research primarily on pre-trial detentions and legal aid. Previously, he worked with the Standard Chartered Bank as a credit analyst. He has completed his post graduate degree in Law from University of Delhi and Bachelors’ degree in Economics Hons.  from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. On the rare occasions when he is not sleeping or working, you can find him in a South Indian restaurant. He can be reached at raja@humanrightsinitiative.org.

Amrita Paul - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Amrita Paul is a Programme Officer for the Prison Reforms Programme.  She has a Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M.) Human Rights from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. In her last term she was awarded the Linnaeus-Palme scholarship and completed her exchange study at KTH, Stockholm. She has previously worked at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal. She was involved in organizing national and international workshops and conferences at all the levels of the Indian Judiciary. Previously at CHRI she undertook research and analysis of issues related to Access to Information (ATI), monitoring the status of ATI across the Commonwealth, contributing analytical articles, organizing workshops and conferences among others.She can be reached at amrita@humanrightsinitiative.org

Kakoli Roy - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Kakoli Roy is an Administrative Assistant in the Prison Reforms Programme. At CHRI she provides programme support to the team members in its day-to-day functioning, including the organising of workshops, conferences, meetings, and other programme events, assisting with the filing of RTIs and building a database of contacts for the programme activities.   Before joining CHRI, Kakoli has been working in the field of eradication of human trafficking for eight years at STOP (Stop Trafficking and Oppression of Children and Women), Delhi. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Delhi. She likes to engage in voluntary work for the vulnerable women / children, travelling and gardening.  She can be reached at kakoli@humanrightsinitiative.org

Deepan Kumar Sarkar - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Deepan Kumar Sarkar is the Project-in-charge, Legal Aid Clinics, West Bengal. He is an alumnus of La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata and holds a B.A.LL.B from the Department of Law, University of Calcutta and also a Diploma in Cyber Law from the Asian School of Cyber Laws. He has been working with CHRI since 2011. He is also a practising Advocate at the High Court, Calcutta and primary deals in Constitutional, Company, other Civil matters and at times, Criminal matters and preventive detention matters too. He has been associated with CHRI’s legal aid clinics inside the Alipore and Dum Dum Central Correctional Homes, helps with the research and preparation of CHRI Reports and works closely with the West Bengal State Legal Services Authority and the High Court Legal Services Committee to strengthen the Legal aid system in Jails. He is the co-author (with Samaraditya Pal, Barrister and Senior Advocate) of the multi-volume treatise, "India’s Constitution, - Origins and Evolution", published by LexisNexis (2014 onwards) and has also been a contributor to "The Law of Contempt" (by Samaraditya Pal) -  5th edition, 2013, also published by LexisNexis. He has participated in the International Seminar on Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights organized by the Friedrich Neumann Foundation in Germany, has also trained young lawyers and politicians on Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights in Indonesia and has been part of various other CHRI seminars and training sessions. When not lawyering or doing CHRI work or writing, he loves being immersed in the film-verse of Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Satyajit Ray, listening to Indian and Western Classical music and reading on Philosophy. He can be reached at deepan@humanrightsinitiative.org