Law and Disorder

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law and disorderIf you have been following news on India, you have read about the heartbreaking rape and murder of two teenage girls in rural Uttar Pradesh.┬áThe case brings to a confluence some of India’s biggest problems:┬álack of toilets, lack of security for women, rampant caste discrimination within the justice system, ineffective police procedures and a complete lack of governmental will to fix the system.

In today’s post, I look at the country’s justice system and it’s ability to deliver. I look at statistics on gender violence, conviction rates, caste segregated statistics. The results are horrifying. Read the rest of this entry »


Why so criminal?

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Parliament - CriminalDespite all the fanfare about clean politics and anti-corruption, the 16th Lok Sabha looks like one of the most criminal that this country has elected. Every third MP in the current Parliament has a criminal case registered against them and 112 MPs have serious criminal cases registered against them. This raises problematic questions for the Indian democratic process. Should individuals accused of bribery and fraud be in charge of passing anti-corruption laws? Should individuals accused of rape be in charge of gender security bills?

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