Reconsidering of criminal justice system and policies in India is the main plank of this publication. While attacking criminal justice system (CSI) becomes an irresistible intellectual style of scholars, the relevance of searching realistic perspectives for critically evaluating CSI remains a need too urgent to be delayed.
Criminal justice system in a society is the key destination of hopes and aspirations of people in their efforts to seek redressal for their grievances. CJS in India, on the contrary, faces myriad of problems lessening its impact. The core issue remains as to why commissions after commissions that were appointed to look into the scope of reforms in CJS could not help much. A careful analysis would reveal that our efforts failed to go down at micro levels for picking up the issues for effective intervention. Moreover, researches in this area have also not contributed significantly. This volume of papers is modest attempt to demonstrate the need to select the key perspectives in approaching the problems faced by CJS. The chosen perspectives to suggest reforms in CJS in this publication are those of victim and witness.
This volume contains eighteen chapters devoted to some highly relevant issues. All the chapters necessarily focus on two broad themes: experiences of victim with regard to criminal justice system and the status and experience of witness in the criminal justice system. The reader would be taken through these writings to experience the scope of review in CJS. As the ideas entailing in the papers are sop fresh and live they readily offer useful insights to improve criminal justice policies. The book gains added relevance as not much substantial publications on the matter specially like witness centered ones are available in India. Written by a mix of senior and young scholars, and researchers, the papers min this collection would be immensely useful to all those concerned about revamping criminal justice system in India.