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.

Public Order in India: An Empirical Study

Public Order in India: An Empirical Study

Public order in India: An empirical study
T. K. VinodKumar


The nature of public order varies across societies and across time. Analysis of public order and social control of disorder requires an understanding of the nature of public order in society. This chapter analyzes public events that occurred in a city in the state of Kerala, India, during a period of one year. Through empirical examination of each event, a system of classification of public events and quantifying disorder is proposed. Based on these aspects, the contours of public order in India are defined.


Maintenance of public order and social control of disorder have challenged democratic societies across the world. The degree of public order in society has great implications on ...

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