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.

Secularism and Preventing Terrorism in India

Secularism and Preventing Terrorism in India

Secularism and preventing terrorism in India
Raghu NaathSingh
Dharam PalSingh


The major goals of this chapter are to (a) identify and rank, in terms of importance, selected characteristics of secularism relevant to the Indian context; (b) review and assess selected examples of incidents of where the tenets of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism have been historically employed in instigating and justifying incidents of violence and terrorism; and (c) articulate possible secularist strategies for preventing the use of India's leading religions in terrorist and criminal activities. Using the Delphi method, we first developed a list of all possible characteristics of a secularist orientation based on a thorough review of relevant literature. Second, 62 “experts” on the subject were selected through a chain-referral procedure and ...

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