The Asma Jahangir (AGHS) Legal Aid Cell offers pro bono legal assistance to individuals whose human rights have been violated by state or non-state actors. The team also provides legal aid to women seeking to obtain their rights under family law, victims of due process abuse, and those incarcerated in prisons, particularly women, juveniles and religious minorities.

Each year, the AGHS Legal Aid Cell team of advocates provides free legal assistance through various channels, including walk-in clients, prison visits, referrals from community-based paralegal centres and other sources, phone calls, and an emergency helpline number.

The organization caters to two main categories of cases: civil and family law, and criminal law. For civil and family law cases, AGHS extends legal aid for crucial matters such as maintenance, guardianship, custody, dissolution of marriage, dower, dowry articles, and restitution of conjugal rights. In criminal law cases, AGHS offers legal representation for bail applications (both pre-arrest and post-arrest), jail appeals, habeas corpus petitions, and cases pertaining to blasphemy, rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

With an unwavering commitment to justice and equality, AGHS Legal Aid Cell has been empowering marginalized and oppressed communities by providing them
with the legal recourse they deserve.


  • Free legal representations in 1813 cases
  • Free legal consultations to 4078 individuals
  • Helpline consultations to 663 individuals


  • Free legal representations in 896 cases
  • Free legal consultations to 5022 individuals
  • Helpline consultations to 652 individuals


  • Free legal representation in 1068 cases
  • Free legal consultations to 4619 individuals
  • Helpline consultations to 621 individuals


  • Free legal representation in 583 cases
  • Free legal consultations to 7471 individuals
  • Helpline consultations to 716 individuals


These figures represent the accumulated number of free legal assistance provided by the Asma Jahangir (AGHS) Legal Aid Cell team of Advocates each year through versatile channels, including: Walk-in clients, prison visit clients, referrals from the 16 community based paralegal centers and other sources, phone calls and emergency helpline number.


Civil/Family Law

Criminal Law

In addition to these the Asma Jahangir (AGHS) Legal Aid Cell provides free legal assistance for all disputes causing a breach of Human Right’s violation for women, children and minorities.




Nadia was not even born when her parents divorced. Her parents chose to lead separate lives, remarrying and subsequently abandoning young Nadia to live with her maternal grandmother, who eventually raised and educated her. A police constable named Mushtaq would regularly visit Nadia’s grandmother. Mushtaq was a clever man who was much older to Nadia. Once Nadia’s grandmother was unable to pay back a sum Mushtaq had loaned to her, he used this situation to ask her for Nadia’s hand in marriage. Although his request was refused, Mushtaq remained persistent and sexually harassed Nadia on multiple occasions, physically injuring her when she would reject his advances. However, as her grandmother grew more ill, she gave in to Mushtaq’s requests and arranged Nadia’s marriage to him. She spent fourteen years with Mushtaq who, despite having three children with her, regularly physically, emotionally and verbally abused Nadia. On once instance, he broke her hand and fractured her fingers. Anyone who tried to help her would be threatened with false criminal charges. However, Nadia eventually found the courage to leave him and her grandmother took her to AGHS Legal Aid Cell so that she could file a case for dissolution of marriage. In the meanwhile, she was made to stay at Dastak. During this period, not only did Nadia’s husband threaten her of dire consequences, but he also tried to intimidate the Dastak administration. He threatened the clerk and lawyer pursuing the case, and he arrived at AGHS armed with a weapon. However, despite Mushtaq’s efforts to influence court proceedings, Nadia was eventually able to get a divorce from him with AGHS Legal Aid Cell’s assistance.


Jamila, wife of Anwar, arrived at AGHS severely injured. She had asked for maintenance from her husband who subsequently beat her and kicked her out of their house. Jamila was taken by AGHS’s crisis center officers to a female police station, where she underwent a medical examination on the basis of which a report was filed. Eventually, a criminal complaint against Anwar was also filed. In the meanwhile, Jamila was sent to a shelter home and her children were recovered from Anwar with the assistance of a bailiff. A court case for dissolution of marriage was also filed on Jamila’s request, as she did not want to live with her husband any longer. Once rehabilitated, AGHS also helped Jamila find employment at SOS Children’s Village.

Rani Bibi

Rani Bibi, daughter of Ameer was married at the age of thirteen to Asghar (who was a member of her distant family). According to Rani Bibi, one of her cousins named Bashir Ahmad also took a liking to her but was a drug addict and her mother was vehemently opposed to his advances towards Rani. Her mother harbored this grudge and provoked Rani’s brother against Bashir as well. However, it so happened that in 1998 and six months into their marriage, Rani’s husband Asghar was killed. The police arrested Rani, Ameer, her brother Yousaf and her mother. A case was filed against them and the Additional District and Sessions judge found them guilty and sentenced them to imprisonment for life. However, Rani’s mother was set free eventually on the basis of insufficient evidence while her brother and Bashir completed their respective sentences and were set free. Rani’s father passed away in prison, but it was Rani who continued to suffer. She spent twenty years in jail, simply because everyone she knew had forgotten about her. In 2015, AGHS visited Faislabad and Rani Bibi’s case was taken up by the organization. Despite delays in the judicial system and roadblocks in attaining access to justice, Rani was eventually set free by the Court with AGHS’s help.

Rang Elahi

Rang Elahi was an owner in possession of some agricultural land, who died on 27.06.1990 leaving behind six daughters Haleema Saadia, Shaafia Bano, Aasia Zeeshan-ul-Aamir, Asma Ashraf, Shazia Shakeel, Shakeela bibi and two sons Tariq Mehmood and Fayyaz Hussain. After the death of Rang Elahi, his son Tariq Mehmood took over possession of the agricultural land forcibly. Haleema Saadia and her sisters time and again requested for their share but he continued to ignore their pleas. Haleema Saadia etc., approached AGHS Legal Aid Cell for legal assistance. AGHS filed a suit for partition against their brothers Tariq Mahmood etc., it was after decades that in 2018 the case decided in the sisters’ favour. Their respective shares were transferred in their names and possession was delivered accordingly.