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A legal eagle's crusade for reforms and justice, all for free

A legal eagle's crusade for reforms and justice, all for free
Abhijit Bhatlekar
A legal eagle's crusade for reforms and justice, all for free
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Advocate Kishor U. Joshi borrows another man’s humour to say that he’s 52 years "young". That’s about as funny as he can get after 27 years of intense legal practice that has taken him to countless distressed women, morgues, police stations and other icons in this category. To the poor and needy on whom crimes are invariably committed, he offers to seek justice in the courts free of charge. Normally, he wouldn’t think less of desperate men, but since the comity of desperate women is better organised, he is roped in more often by them for help.

Joshi is also a crusader for legal reforms. He writes letters to judges, ministers and the Law Commission among others, recommending changes in the way criminal cases are tried in the country or demanding corrections in the law that will permit the magistrate ("the first custodian of justice") to give bail in a criminal case. He has, in fact, lost count of the number of issues he’s fought for all these years.

But it’s not true that he has written countless letters. "5,000," is a conservative figure Joshi gives. There is a...

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