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.

Impact of Higher Education Upon Perceptions of Police Officers in India

Impact of Higher Education Upon Perceptions of Police Officers in India

Impact of higher education upon perceptions of police officers in India


Indian authorities have long advocated the induction of more educated police officers into the service. A common belief is that educated police officers will perform better and, more significantly, be more responsive to citizens, given that misbehavior and rude interactions have been major embarrassments. Citizens fear police officers and are reluctant to go to the police station to report their complaints. It is believed that with improved training and more qualified officers, the Indian police will be able to improve its image and provide better services to the people. However, there is little research on the impact of education on the perceptions and subsequent ...

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