“Rehnuma” is an intervention, anchored by National Foundation for India (“NFI”) and Centre for Social Justice (“CSJ”). It was started in 2013 with a vision to address exclusion and discrimination against vulnerable groups in India, particularly religious minorities. Rehnuma follows a model of entitlement centres, focusing on the implementation of the Prime Minister’s 15-point Programme, involving a combination of outreach to increase awareness, facilitating access, and advocacy to remove systemic bottlenecks. It was launched across 11 states and has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people through its 11 entitlement centres, responding to over 60,000 requests for legal advice, filing over 28,000 applications for entitlements, and providing legal aid in more than 27, 500 cases.
In January 2016, the scope of the Rehnuma intervention was expanded beyond the 15-point Programme and religious minorities to a more comprehensive framework of addressing vulnerability, fighting discrimination, and moving towards a more inclusive, just and equitable society. As part of this, we are addressing additional issues, including religious freedom, communal violence, land rights, labor rights, and ensuring gender equity and justice through reform of personal laws.
This expansion was carried out in the 7 minority-concentrated districts that Rehnuma has been operating in. These districts are Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Gumla (Jharkhand), Howrah (West Bengal), Kalaburagi (Karnataka), Kandhamal (Odisha), Modasa (Gujarat) and Rangareddy (Telangana).
The Rehnuma Law Centres in Odisha, Karnataka and Telengana are funded by both UN Women and European Union; the rest of the 5 Centres operate on the European Union funds.
Presently, Rehnuma is jointly handled by IDEAL Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), National Foundation of India (NFI), Human and Institutional Development Forum (HIDF) and Gender at Work, Drishti. Other partners include CONARE, Nari O Shishu Kalyan Kendra (NOSKK), Sahara, SWATI, NALSAR University of Law and Institute of Law – Nirma University (ILNU).