India Insight

Mumbai police look to Bollywood for image makeover

November 19, 2013

Mumbai’s police department has deployed an unusual strategy to revamp its sagging reputation and to counter criticism that it hasn’t done a good job at solving crimes against women in the city – it called the biggest game in town and asked for help.

Updated: Delhi police helpline: if your stalking case is not urgent, please press 1

May 2, 2013

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Delhi police rightly targeted in gang rape case – Kiran Bedi

January 4, 2013

The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi that sparked public outrage across the country has also put the spotlight on policing in India’s “rape capital”.

Delhi rape case and the need to revamp policing

December 18, 2012

“My father has called me 15 times since yesterday,” a colleague told me today as New Delhi recovers from the shock of a woman being assaulted, gang-raped and thrown off a bus on Sunday night.

Should K.P.S. Gill be stripped of his medals?

January 5, 2010

Media reports saying that the central government may take away the medals of police officers convicted of crimes have had an unexpected impact.

Ruchika case: Easy on the policeman?

December 23, 2009

Ruchika Girhotra, a 14-year-old tennis player, was molested by then Haryana police IG S.P.S. Rathore in Panchkula in 1990.

Does India need its army to tackle the Maoists?

June 22, 2009

I have been noticing a debate in newspapers and television channels about the need to call in the army to tackle the Maoists and wonder whether it is indeed time to turn towards them before the movement spirals out of control.

Army vs police: who should maintain law-and-order?

February 25, 2009

The peacetime activities of an armed force have a bearing on its wartime capabilities and its relations with the civil society.

Why does Mahendra Singh Dhoni need a gun?

November 17, 2008

Two images have seared themselves into my mind. The first is the brutal treatment meted out to a young girl working as a domestic maid in Gurgaon. I didn’t really know what beaten black-and-blue meant. Until I saw her photograph.

Anger, agreement at Muslim leaders gathering

October 14, 2008

jama.jpgSecurity was tight at the entrance to Gate No. 7 of the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, a 17th century mosque built by Mughal kings, and the venue on Tuesday for a gathering of Muslim leaders from across the country to debate the persecution of Muslims.