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.

All-Women Police Stations in Tamil Nadu and Their Focus on Crimes Against Women

All-Women Police Stations in Tamil Nadu and Their Focus on Crimes Against Women

All-women police stations in Tamil Nadu and their focus on crimes against women


For the past two decades, the state of Tamil Nadu, India, has established All-Women Police Stations (AWPS) to focus exclusively on crimes against women. There are 195 AWPS in the state and 35 in the city of Chennai and its suburbs. Using a formal process, the police register and investigate serious cases such as cruelty by a husband or his relatives, rape, and dowry deaths. In contrast, dowry-related cases, drunkenness by husband, adultery by husband, family quarrel, false promise of marriage, desertion by husband, etc., are handled in an informal manner through counseling and mediation. This study, using a stratified ...

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