Team New Delhi - Access to Justice- Police Reform

Team New Delhi - Access to Justice- Police Reform


Devyani Srivastava - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Devyani Srivastava is the Head of the Police Reforms Programme where she oversees the programme's overall research and advocacy towards an improved and accountable policing. She took over as the head in January 2021. Till then, she served as a Senior Program Officer in the programme where her main responsibilities included overseeing project activities in South Asia, and leading research and advocacy on issues such as discrimination, gender mainstreaming in policing, and police response towards Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. At CHRI, she has also closely monitored states' compliance with the Supreme Court directives on police reforms issued by the Indian Supreme Court in 2006. In particular, her work has focused specifically on the functioning of police oversight bodies namely the State Security Commissions and the Police Complaints Authorities that all states are required to establish as part of the Supreme Court directives. She has contributed to the design and delivery of several workshops and lectures on policing at educational institutions, including at police training institutions and academies; developed educational booklets; coordinated campaigns; and published several reports, policy documents and media articles.

As the head, she represents the program/CHRI as a member of the Bureau of Police Research and Developments' Micro Mission 7 on Women and Child and contributes to the Mission's research projects focusing on gender and policing. She is also a member of CHRI's team that is partnering with the National Council for Applied Economic Research in the implementation of a national crime victimization survey commissioned by the Government of India in 2019. 

Previously, she worked with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, an independent think tank based in New Delhi, where her research focused on internal security, extremism and insurgencies. She completed her Master’s Degree in International Relations from University of Warwick (UK) and Bachelors’ degree in Political Science from Hindu College, University of Delhi. She can be reached at devyani@humanrightsinitiative.org

Aditi Datta - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Aditi Datta holds an M.Phil in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She did her graduation from Lady Brabourne College, Kolkata. Before joining CHRI, she worked in the media, a publishing house as well in an NGO. Currently she is working as Senior Programme Officer in the Police Reforms Programme under Access to Justice. She looks after Bangladesh, India related activities as well as outreach and advocacy of police teams core area of work. She loves gardening, watching vintage movies (Hollywood and Bangla) and eating fish of various varieties (Hilsa Chitala, Koi, Aar, Pabda, Morola, Pomfret, Puthi, Chada, Pholi, and Tangra to name a few) and cooked in Bangal style.  She can be contacted at aditi@humanrightsinitiative.org  

Sangeeta Mukherjee - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Sangeeta Mukherjee is currently working as Coordinator in the Police Reform Team, where she is handling all administrative related work of the police team . She has a total work experience of around 11 years. In the past, she had worked in various organisations across varied industry category. Where she had spent almost 9 years out of 11 years in administrative related assignments.  Sangeeta is a post graduate in commerce from the University of Lucknow. She had also done Advance Diploma in computer application and a certificate course in Tally. She likes watching movies, gardening and listening old songs.  She can be reached at sangeeta@humanrightsinitiative.org.

Raja Bagga - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Raja Bagga is a Senior Program Officer in the Police Reforms Program. He has previously worked with the Prison Reform Programme at CHRI, Delhi and the SDG 8.7 Programme at CHRI, London. He has also worked as a credit analyst with Standard Chartered Bank. He completed his master's degree in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and bachelor's degrees in Law and Economics from Delhi University. He can be reached at raja@humanrightsinitiative.org.

Shweta Wankhede - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Shweta Wankhede is currently the Program Officer in the Police Reforms Program. She completed her Master in Arts in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Additionally, she holds the LL.B. degree and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mumbai University. Her work experience includes working on the defense team at Project 39A for death row prisoners and projects with Anti Slavery International on bonded labour at brick kilns in the state of Punjab. She has extensive field experience and data driven research experience and interest, which motivate her to look at intersectionality in the way human rights issues are addressed. She can be reached at shweta@humarightsinititative.org

Megha Gupta - Access to Justice, New Delhi Office

Megha Gupta is currently working as a Project Associate with our City Core Group initiative in Mumbai. She completed her BLS; LLB from Mumbai University and has previously worked with organisations working on anti-trafficking and gender-based violence issues. She is interested in a rights-based approach towards gender equality, women and child protection, and mental health. She thrives on good books, a cup of black coffee, and exhaustive conversations. She can be reached at megha@humanrightsinitiative.org