Assam girl chosen for NHRC Fellowship

Salma Hussain, hailing from Sontali Village of Kamrup Rural District in Assam, a student of NERIM Law College, Guwahati is the only one to be selected from the entire Northeast India for a fellowship to be conducted by National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi. She will undergo training to create further awareness among the masses about human rights.

She will be entitled to an initial grant of Rs 8,000 in addition to the to and fro fare between Guwahati and Delhi. Every year the NHRC conducts one such programme to train young activists, preference being accorded to students of law, for creating awareness about human rights. This year, all together 50 young boys and girls have been selected for the course from across the country. The course is scheduled to begin from the last week of May 2016 and the participants will be trained to organise and conduct legal awareness camps and seminars, deliver lectures, and coordinate with other organisations for promoting knowledge about human rights. On completion of the course, the participants will be given another grant of Rs 18,000 for conducting such programmes.

Salma, at a very young age, has caught the attention of the civil society in Assam for her unparalleled work among the rural masses where she is found conducting legal and human rights awareness camps for rural women for the empowerment of the girl child. She also has a bent for serving the neglected and needy in the society. Right from her childhood, her friends have found her saving money for birthday celebration but this birthday she celebrates with the mentally and physically challenged children, usually in orphanages and special homes for such children.

She has also established herself as an authoritative speaker in the field of social work. She is regularly invited to speak to groups of faculty and students at Gauhati University, NEF Law College, and School of Social Studies USTM. The reports and stories about her unique brand of social activism have been already published in several national and regional newspapers and periodicals. Friends of ANREM, and Stars of North East, two youth organisations which Salma is actively associated with have congratulated her for the honour bestowed on her by NHRC.