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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Maja Daruwala

The writer is board member and senior advisor, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Systemic neglect ensures that prisons act as warehouses for the marginalised
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Prolongation of these so-called criminal cases is unconscionable, as is forcing vulnerable people into remaining in hotspots of increased infection and fatal risk.

We need a root and branch repair of police, guardian agencies to keep them lawful
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

At 158, India’s police to population ratio (police staff per 1,00,000 citizens) is one of the worst in the world. It lags well behind its neighbours.

Spike in public trust offers room to reimagine people-police compact
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

The police will need to strive to become a force of social cohesion benignly influencing politics, rather than politics influencing it in order to divide us and rule.

A specific anti-torture law needs to be detailed, comprehensive and conform to international standards
Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Torture is an endemic characteristic of Indian policing. A commitment to eradicating it requires the police force as a whole to have zero tolerance for the practice besides a specific anti-torture law.

Policeman, train thyself
Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Even without political support, there is much the police leadership can do to reform itself, and create a force suitable for a democracy. The failure of everyday performance and emergency response and the strictures and censure that follow should have compelled the leadership to take active steps yet much has been left unattended.

Death of a policeman
Wed, Feb 07, 2018

The suicide of an officer in Punjab may have a back story: It speaks of the decay in law enforcement

Stop All The Clocks
Mon, May 15, 2017

Leila Seth wanted to be here, push back at the evil of the day, be part of the healing

Ten Years And Waiting
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

A decade after ‘Prakash Singh’ judgement, police reform remains undone.

Capital Cop-out
Fri, Sep 09, 2016

Political executive and police management must share blame for crime in Delhi

The video jerked into play… realised I wasn’t looking for the Great Man: Sam Manekshaw’s daughter Maja Daruwala
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw died this day in 2008. A daughter remembers.

Abuse Of Force
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Outrage over police assault on students is meaningless till it leads to disciplinary action

Force to service
Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Police needs to stop passing the buck for poor service to interfering politicians.

How India treats its NGOs
Mon, Jun 16, 2014

True democracies celebrate involvement of citizens, make consultation a habit

A step towards justice
Tue, Mar 27, 2012

The UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka was a game-changer. Now the council must deliver on its promise

Demand accountability from Sri Lanka
Fri, Mar 09, 2012

India should assert leadership at the UN Human Rights Council,and insist on concrete answers and actions

Why is India against Israel,but for Sudan?
Fri, Dec 11, 2009

The 61 st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10 provides occasion to reflect...

Information law: dead on arrival?
Sat, Oct 01, 2005

The fate of the new Right to Information Act, 2005, may turn out to be much like that of many a girl child in India — damned at birth. ...

When tourists fuel Sati fire
Fri, Jun 17, 2005

Sati is back. Thank God and the Rajasthan Tourist Board. In 1987, when the law against Sati was passed, I lobbied for it. But I know now tha...