Sahyog is a registered trust under 'The Bombay Public Trust Act and The Societies Registration Act'. The Trust is basically a humanistic pro-active organization, which believes in the wholistic (not only holistic) growth and all-round development of all sections of the global humanity that works towards:
SAHYOG TRUST is non – profit organization based at Pune, Maharashtra. Sahyog Trust is a classless and casteless society through togetherness and neighborhood concept. It has a unique features of non-violence, advancement of human rights, equitable social change and distributive justice. Sahyog is engaged in several social and legal issues and has various units working under its banner. One of Sahyog trust's guiding principles is to promote cooperation and networking between NGOs. To the end we would like to establish cooperation with human rights organizations in the various states / countries pursuing the same goals as Sahyog Trust.
Human Rights and Law Defenders (HRLD)
In 2002 the legal wing of the Sahyog Trust, ‘Human Rights and Law Defenders’ (HRLD), was established to intensify the work on issues related to Human Rights. HRLD has been set up in Pune as an independent unit and intervenes legally when there is a human rights violation. HRLD defends human rights by opposing violations, strengthening enforcement mechanisms, sensitizing the public, and campaigning for constitutional and legal reforms. Since its initiation, it is the mission of HRLD to fight a broad battle against gross Human Rights violations.
HRLD in Pune
HRLD is working under the guidance of Adv. Asim Sarode and the team consists of Mr. Asim and Mrs. Rama Sarode, a few other lawyers, volunteers and office assistants. To date, they are the only organization working on socio-legal issues in Pune. However, like-minded law students and lawyers have gradually come forward to assist and HRLD are encouraging other colleagues to provide a portion of their services pro-bono to the needy.
People we Help
We have so far taken every case which has sought remedy, and assisted them in the most suitable and possible way. In most cases we provided free legal aid and those people, who were not living in Pune, were assisted through legal guidance and/or were referred to a competent lawyer from the responsible organization - 'Public Legal Aid Committee'. The only exemption HRLD makes is that they do not take up cases from men accused of rape. On an average, HRLD handles 20-30 cases a month.
Areas of work
HRLD has developed effective and innovative solutions to achieve its aims and has been building specialized initiatives around issues. Recognizing the potential of effective partnerships, HRLD works closely with other human rights and development organizations. HRLD uses the following strategies: