Team New Delhi - Access to Justice- Prison Reform

Team New Delhi - Access to Justice- Prison Reform

Madhurima Dhanuka - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Madhurima Dhanuka is the Programme Lead of the Prison Reforms Programme. She is a lawyer with an LL.M. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to joining CHRI she was practicing in the High Court of Madhya Pradesh. She has been associated with CHRI since 2008, and has published numerous studies, reports and resource materials on issues relating to prisoners and the criminal justice system. The primary focus area of her work has been to target unnecessary and prolonged detention of undertrials and work towards systemic interventions to prevent it. In addition to working towards ensuring effective access to legal aid for persons in custody, she has also been at the helm of a number of public interest litigations on repatriation of foreign national prisoners, detention of juveniles in prisons and ensuring physical production of accused persons in court. She has contributed to a couple of UNODC publications on legal aid and was a part of the working group who drafted the Johannesburg Principles on Access to Legal Aid in 2014. There is hardly a moment you wont find her working, in case you do, she would be cooking or reading a book. She can be reached at

Sugandha Shankar - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Sugandha Shankar is a Senior 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

Amrita Paul - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Amrita Paul is a Senior Programme Officer 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

Kakoli Roy - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Kakoli Roy is a Senior Coordinator of 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

Deepan Kumar Sarkar - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Deepan Kumar Sarkar is the Retainer, 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

Sabika Abbas - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Sabika Abbas is a Programme officer with the Prison Reforms Program. She pursued her Bachelors in Journalism (Hons.) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), Delhi University followed by an MA in Social Work with a specialisation in Criminology and Justice from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Before joining CHRI, Sabika was a Criminal Justice Fellow with TISS, working on the issue of socio-legal rights of inmates at the Aligarh District Prison, UP. Her research areas include the Kashmir Conflict, with a focus on socio-legal rights of the victims of enforced disappearance and the role of media in a conflict zone. At CHRI, she has been working towards reducing pre-trial detention by working on improving access to legal aid. Apart from prisons she has a fascination for grey clouds and quaint hill stations. She can be reached at  

Siddharth Lamba - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Siddharth Lamba is a Programme officer with the Prison Reforms Programme. He has finished his B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from  National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi. During his graduation, he worked as a Student Researcher in a project on mapping Standards of Care in the Observation Homes of Jharkhand, executed by Center for Child Rights, NUSRL Ranchi in collaboration with UNICEF. He has also interned with Center for Death Penalty, National Law University, Delhi (Now Project 39A), Center for Civil Society and Quill Foundation. In his spare time, he likes to follow Indian politics. He can be reached at