July 03, 2020

Implementation of Supreme Court Directives on Police Reforms (2006) : Tamil Nadu as of July 2020

This note summarises the components of each directive as given by the Supreme Court, followed by a brief analysis of the level of compliance  by the State of Tamil Nadu with each directive in the Tamil Nadu Police (Reforms) Act, 2013.

July 01, 2020

Rights on Arrest and Detention

This brief note lists the legal rights guaranteed to every arrested person. These are contained in the Constitution of India and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (CrPC). The police are bound to uphold these rights. In fact, compliance with them forms part of the lawful procedure to arrest.

May 27, 2020

CHRI’s Compilation of Deaths Following Alleged Police Excesses During COVID -19 Lockdown

In the course of the national lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive force by police has been captured in videos across states. Through a systematic scan of newspapers, CHRI has compiled a list of 15 deaths following police action in the period of 25 March to 30 April, 2020.

May 20, 2020

CHRI Petitions NHRC to investigate 15 deaths following alleged police excesses during COVID-19 lockdown

In the course of the national lockdown imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive force by police has been captured in videos across states. Unfortunately, images and reported incidents of police assaulting and humiliating people out on the street for essential and non-essential purposes have been common from the first day of the lockdown.

April 09, 2020

Joint Civil Society Letter to the NHRC on Oversight during COVID 19 Pandemic

Forty Eight civil society organisations and individuals jointly wrote to the NHRC seeking oversight of actions taken by administrations and police departments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 08, 2020

CHRI releases Guidelines to Police on Respecting Human Rights while Enforcing the Lockdown

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19 , this document has been prepared by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative  which proposes actionable measures to assist police departments across India to implement the critical task of enforcing the current nationwide lockdown within the Constitutional framework. You can view the summary here.

April 08, 2020

Summary of CHRI's Guidelines For Policing during Lockdown

With the rising spread of the pandemic COVID-19, CHRI has prepared detailed guidelines to assist police departments in enforcing the lockdown within the Constitutional framework. CHRI has identified 54 actionable measures / guidelines to be included in the Lockdown Management Plan. This document provides a summary of these measures. You can view the detailed Guidelines here.

March 30, 2020

A Study on Accountability of Police: Process and Outcomes of Complaints Against Delhi Police Personnel

This report examines data related to the nature of, and responses to, complaints against Delhi Police personnel. It includes complaints received and inquired into by the Delhi Police itself, and also by statutory Commissions with mandates to receive and look into complaints against the police.

March 28, 2020

State Security Commission: A study of police oversight in India

The State Security Commission is a mechanism recommended by the Supreme Court of India as part of a package of seven directives aimed at systemic police reform. The Commission was to act as a buffer between the political executive and the police, providing a legitimate paradigm for political interaction with, and control over, the police force.