Citizens for Justice and Peace


Shocking provisions of the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill Here's how the draconian legislation can be misused

The Bihar Special Armed Police Bill caused a rather unprecedented uproar amongst the opposition parties in the Bihar Assembly during and after the passage of the Bill. While the opposing legislators demonstrated their resistance towards the Bill for giving unbridled powers to a police force, the police responded in a rather brutal manner, dragging opposing…

Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders

Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders Rightscast, CJP's podcast series is out now!

CJP launched a campaign in solidarity with our human rights defenders whose basic rights are being infringed upon by the state. It is a call for strengthening dissent. Know more about the campaign at Podcast · Heroes without Capes: Human Rights Defenders

Hathras Horror: Tracking the trauma A timeline of shocking events surrounding the case

The Hathras gangrape and murder case is one of the most shocking examples of crimes against Dalit women, not only because the alleged perpetrators were “upper caste” men, but also given how police first ignored and then allegedly tried to cover-up the matter. Here’s a look at the events as they transpired in the case.…

Custodial Torture Discussion

SCI turns the spotlight on custodial torture A discussion with senior counsels and human rights advocates

In wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling, of CCTV cameras to be installed in investigating agencies and police stations, Teesta Setalvad moderates this discussion with Senior Counsels and human rights advocates Nitya Ramakrishnan and Mihir Desai and veteran Rights Advocate Henri Tiphagne. Related: TN custodial death report establishes complicity of police, hospital staff and…

SC order on CCTVs in Police Stations: Firm stand against Custodial Torture Detailed directions on position of CCTVs, storage of recorded data, accessibility to the victim

The Supreme Court has passed a detailed and specific order directing states and the centre to take concrete steps towards ensuring that every police station in the country and all investigating agencies have CCTV cameras in their premises. The bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, KM Joseph and Aniruddha Bose have ordered setting up of state…

Police brutality against teaching candidates

How do you police the police? A User’s Guide provides some answers

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has released a recently prepared User Guide on the Maharashtra’s Police Complaints Authorities or PCAs. These authorities were established to inquire into complaints by the public against police personnel, including grievances as to serious misconduct, corruption, and abuse of authority.   The whole issue of a Police Complaints Authority…

Study finds anti-Muslim prejudices among police personnel 1 in 3 justify mob violence in cow slaughter incidents

A study by Common Cause- Centre for the study of developing societies (CSDS), Lokneeti has revealed disturbing prejudices of police personnel towards Muslims on the question of committing violence. The study has also highlighted prejudicial attitudes in the incidents of mob violence. While no statistics of actual representation of Muslims within the police force are available…

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