CONTENTS:- 1. We Inherited a Bad Police System and We Made It Worse. 2. Insulating Police from Political Control-Domestic and International Initiatives. 3. The National Police Commission-The Beginning, End and the Aftermath. 4. Police Practices, Poor People and Access to Justice. 5. Managerial Philosophy of the Police in India. 6. The Central Vigilance Commission-A Brief History of Some Developments. 7. The Central Bureau of Investigation-Its Credibility. 8. Policing in India-Trend Towards Centralisation and Militarisation. 9. Appraising The Performance of The Police. 10. Police Brutality in India. 11. Increasing Crime, Disturbing Responses. 12. Use of Firearms by the Police in Controlling Crowds. 13. Sexual Molestation of Ruchika Gehrotra-A Case Study in Impunity. 14. Sanction for Prosecution in Corruption Cases- Analysis of a Judgement. - Short Articles.
This book is a collection of fourteen well-researched essays and an equal number of insightful articles that examine some major ills that plague policing in India today. Starting with the colonial origins of the Indian police and dealing with issues of police brutality, corruption, bias, impunity and militarisation, this book reveals how the current police system in India results in a denial of justice to people, subverts the rule of law, and obstructs the growth of a healthy and professional police force. An important premise uniting these essays is that the Indian police function less to serve the rule of law and more to secure the interests of the dominant group or regime in power. Initiatives to reform the police have failed largely because those who control the system lack the will to reform it, as they have a vested interest in maintaining status quo. This has spawned a number of ills that have not only ruined the police system but also damaged the very core of India's democracy. Written by one of India's leading experts on police reforms, this perceptive book argues that the need for police reform is too important to be neglected and too urgent to be delayed.