Usually, before we get a lawyer to agree to represent anyone, and in this case, a foreigner in India (EDIT: Indian national), the lawyer should be briefed on the skeleton of the case at least before he can take an informed decision, whether to take on the case.
You need to provide some cursory details of the case, before this gains some amount of traction at least.
We can't provide the details right now as they are very personal to the person concerned. The HNer we're trying to help is not a foreigner, she's Indian. The case is completely made up (I've seen the case papers).
No, I should really not provide any 'cursory details' here, you are basically going to have to trust my word on that this case is very complex and involves a lot of backstory that could only hurt, not help if I start blabbing about it in public.
Those details are between her and her hopefully soon to be found lawyer, who can then decide if he/she wants to take the case.
I'm sure the general public would love to hear all about these details (you could make a cliff-hanger mini series about it and write a best-seller) but the case isn't served by creating either a public spectacle beyond what I've already done here (a risk in itself but we have no time).
If I stepped on your toes, I am sorry. I should have clarified what I meant by cursory details (if I had realised this would be the response, I would have written this earlier, honestly!). Something along these lines as provided by @akshat above:
1> What area of Criminal law this pertains to.
2> Is she an Indian?
3> Is she looking for professional representation or someone in personal capacity.
> Based on this we can look up one from a prominent firm or not.
OK, that was all. The reason I tried to write it here rather than PM, is because others could also benefit from this kind of info when talking to their own respective contacts/lawyers/colleagues.
Again, I want to clarify that I was not digging for the kind of details that you seem to have implied on the reply. And sorry if I upset anyone.
EDIT: @swombat has already replied to these questions above when I was composing my reply to jacquesm.
I don't think you stepped on Jacques' toes. We're just pretty stressed about this and so being brief (I'm now replying to messages/social media and gathering leads while he tries to ring up lawyers).
I answered those points now in my post:
- It is not a good idea to discuss the details of the case right now. There is a police case, it is completely made up as an excuse to get hold of the person we're talking about (I've seen the case filing). The main charge is kidnapping, and she's the victim - but somehow she still gets arrested. India for the win.
- She's an Indian national.
- We need a professional, influential, trustworthy lawyer and are willing to pay (reasonable fees).
Lawyers certainly help. However you could also have someone contact a local women's rights group. Also put the word out to some of her Indian friends. May be someone could get some "political" help to get things going. That's how it works in India. If you know someone really rich in Delhi, they could also help. Most likely they know a M.L.A or an M.P or someone high up in the police. I hope fellow HN'rs with political contacts in Delhi would reach out to you.