Publications


September 17, 2020

Supreme Court Directives on Police Reform Hindi

On 22 September 2006, the Supreme Court delivered an important judgment in Prakash Singh and Others vs. Union of India and Others instructing central and state governments to implement seven practical measures to kick-start police reform. The document contains the text of these seven measures as laid down by the court.

September 17, 2020

Supreme Court Directives on Police Reform English

On 22 September 2006, the Supreme Court delivered an important judgment in Prakash Singh and Others vs. Union of India and Others instructing central and state governments to implement seven practical measures to kick-start police reform. The document contains the text of these seven measures as laid down by the court.

September 17, 2020

Compliance Chart - Supreme Court Directives on Police Reform Part 1: States with Police Acts/Amendments

The Chart details relevant information from the State Police Acts/Amendments relating to Supreme Court's Directives on Police Reform

August 26, 2020

CHRI's Letter to DGP Bihar on the Arrest of a Juvenile

CHRI's letter to DGP Bihar seeking action on the case of a teenage boy arrested by Rajpur police on 29 February spent more than five months in Buxar jail before being declared a juvenile and subsequently released on 17 August 2020.

July 18, 2020

Fair Trial Manual 2019

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is delighted to announce the publication of the new and revised edition of the Fair Trial Manual, edited by Maja Daruwala, Senior Adviser, Tata Trusts and CHRI, and Prof Mrinal Satish of the National Law University Delhi (NLUD). First published in 2010, the Manual is specially designed as a practical guide for the subordinate judiciary.

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.