Criminology and criminal justice is in its infancy in India. This book attempts to examine India's crime problem in detail and document if and how its criminal justice system has responded to emerging challenges and opportunities. The objective is to move beyond mere observations and thoughtful opinions, and make contributions that are the next steps in the development of an empirical (or evidence-based) criminology and criminal justice on this vast and diverse country-by focusing on research that is both balanced and precise.

This book brings together a diverse set of 32 academics from India, the US, and the UK who have authored 19 chapters on many aspects of crime and justice in India.

The organizational components or sectors of the criminal justice system are the police, the courts, and corrections. The studies collected here provide balanced coverage of the entire criminal justice system and not just one component of it. The first section of this book consists of overviews of several major issues that affect the entire criminal justice system. Section Two considers topics related to the gateway of the criminal justice system, policing. Section Three takes up the operational problems of criminal law and courts and Section Four deals with the difficult question of punishment and correction, the last part of the criminal justice system.

An Assessment of the Mental Health of Street-Based Sex Workers in Chennai, India

An Assessment of the Mental Health of Street-Based Sex Workers in Chennai, India

An assessment of the mental health of street-based sex workers in Chennai, India
L. AllenFurr
Aylur KailasomSrikrishnan


Prostitution, which is considered to be a public order crime in India, is a way of life and employment for a large number of Indian women. Most enter the trade to earn a living in the absence of other opportunities for employment. The psychological costs of this work, however, are high. Violence against sex workers is common, and these assaults are believed to impact psychological well-being in general and affective disorders in particular. To date, little empirical research on this subject exists. This cross-sectional study attempts to fill this gap in the literature by investigating the relationship between ...

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