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States to have cyber forensic labs & DNA examination facilities to deal with crimes against women

The boost to forensic investigation capabilities will cost more than Rs 200 crore and is being implemented under the Centre’s Nirbhaya Fund.
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Modi govt blocked 2,388 websites in 2018, stopped collecting data of arrests under 66A

IT ministry informs Parliament that websites were blocked for objectionable content. Lack of data on arrests under section 66A draws flak from activists.

India to get first sex offenders’ list: Answer to rape culture or limiting room for reform?

The Centre is set to release the National Registry of Sexual Offenders Thursday. The database will maintain records of convicted offenders and be only available to law enforcement agencies. ThePrint asks— India to get first sex offenders’ list: Answer to rape culture or limiting room for reform?   Sex offenders’ registries act as second prison sentences, reducing chance of rehabilitation Enakshi Ganguly Co-founder and adviser, HAQ: Centre for Child Rights The sex offenders’ registry (SOR) is yet another example of the politics of illusion that we are seeing— it is just a knee-jerk solution to deep rooted problem. According to the NCRB, in 94.6 per cent of the reported cases of rape in 2016 the perpetrator was either from the family or known to the victim. In some of these cases, the victim turns hostile after a while. Knowing that this person will be on the SOR, combined with the fear of the death penalty for...

Sewage worker deaths wouldn’t happen if India worked as hard on it as it did for polio

Eleven sewage workers died in seven days despite manual scavenging being abolished years ago.
Tihar, Central Jail, New Delhi | Arijit Sen/The India Today Group/Getty Images

In 2017-18, there were 5 custodial deaths per day in India, says report

A report by Asian Centre for Human rights, quoting govt data, says between 1 April 2017 and 28 February 2018, there were 1,674 custodial deaths.
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NCRB’s proposal for sexual offenders registry – much needed reform or another populist govt measure?

Experts weigh in on he National Crime Records Bureau decision to invite tenders for a National Registry of Sexual Offenders. The database will track and monitor individuals — both adults and juveniles — convicted of sex crimes.
Girls during a candle light vigil against the brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old Kathua girl

Govt moves to build sex offenders’ database like in US but experts are wary of idea

Move comes in the wake of the BJP government promulgating an ordinance to award death penalty to child rapists.
A police woman in Mumbai dealing with the registering of a crime

How crime-ridden are India’s biggest cities? Here’s what the latest data says

What the latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau reveals about the crime rate in India's biggest cities.

On Camera

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.