April 04, 2019


Taking forward CHRI’s mandate and objective to make prisons more transparent, open them up to accountability, and encourage the sharing of prison data in the public domain, CHRI shares its 'Indian Prison Data Map'.

March 28, 2019

Model Policy for Women in India

  Increasing the numbers and role of women in police has slowly, albeit firmly, gained policy recognition in India. Through several initiatives, the Government of India reiterates gender diversity in policing as an important measure for affording greater protection to, and preventing crimes against, women, and for “improving the image of the police...

March 08, 2019

CHRI's Audit of Delhi Police's All Woman Police Control Vans

On 9 September 2016, the Delhi Police rolled out a pilot project to operate five All Women Police Control Room (AWPCR) vans in Delhi. To assess their performance and impact, the Delhi Police commissioned the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) to conduct an independent audit of the AWPCR vans.

March 05, 2019


The Interim Budget Session of the Parliament was held from 31 January 2019 to 13 February 2019 with 10 sittings. This short session witnessed 23 questions on prisons and prisoners on a variety of topics including Prison Infrastructure, Deaths in Prisons, Implementation of Model Prison Manual, Foreign National Prisoners (FNP) in India, Indian Nationals in Foreign Prisons and Shelter Homes.

January 25, 2019

Muslim Voices:Perceptions of Policing in India

"The report documents the perceptions and experiences of Muslims of policing in India, and explores the extent to which Muslims perceive bias and discrimination by the police, in the context of local level realities and experiences. The report also contains insights from retired Muslim police officers based on their experiences from within the police.

January 18, 2019


This newsletter is in continuation of our previous jail mail on the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Winter Session had 17 sittings between 11 December 2018 and 8 January 2019; it saw 32 questions on prisons on a variety of issues such as deaths in custody, torture, legal aid, Indian nationals in foreign custody, and prison conditions, among other things.

January 15, 2019

Strangers to Justice: A report on foreigners in Indian prisons

This report documents and examines the challenges faced by foreign national prisoners (FNPs) in India. While prisoners, in general, are vulnerable due to asymmetrical power dynamics and the closed nature of places of detention, this report is an effort to understand the special vulnerability of foreign nationals stemming from their non-Indian nationality or statelessness.

January 03, 2019

JAIL MAIL -Prisons & Parliament Monsoon Session 2018

This newsletter is in continuation of our earlier Jail Mail on questions asked in the 2018 Budget Session of the Parliament. You may recollect that in that session, which was held in January-April 2018, the Members of Parliament asked 45 questions relating to prisons and prisoners.

December 31, 2018

Road to Release- Fourth Watch Report on Rajasthan’s Periodic Review Committees

Rajasthan's Periodic Review Committees (PRCs) or Avadhik Samiksha Samitis, established by a government order in 1979, have been pivotal in monitoring pre-trial detention in the state.This is CHRI's fourth watch report, since 2009-10, which provides analysis of the information, received through RTI, from 21 prisons on the functioning of PRCs.

December 31, 2018

Your Guide to Using The Right to Information Act 2005 (2018)

One of the surest ways of ensuring that the RTI Act 2005 is properly implemented and serves its purpose of making the government more responsive, is for all of us to use it frequently responsibly and effectively. It is with this aim in mind that CHRI has developed this User’s Guide.