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Conflict Management and Resolution Strategies between Public and Police


The police force’s role in conflict management and resolution is pivotal in crime prevention and maintaining law and order in India. This study on conflict management and resolution strategies at grass root levels investigates the following objectives: (a) to understand and analyze causes of conflict between the public and the police, (b) recognize ways in which conflict situations are handled by the police, (c) determine gaps between existing methods (d) develop recommendations for working together as a system. The findings have policy implications and is an important resource in creating social-educational, awareness and sensitization programmes for both public and police personnel.

Funding Agency

Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
Funds Sanctioned

Rs. 322,666
Digital Piracy in India, Serbia, China and Spain: Understanding Psychosocial and Cultural Factors

It has been proposed in leading reports on Piracy and by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Business Software Alliance (BSA) that digital piracy is more widespread in emerging or developing nations. The present study seeks to investigate if psychosocial, sociological and cultural factors affecting the attitude and behavior of individuals towards digital piracy have an influence over the increase or decrease in the prevalence of digital piracy. The demographic and cultural variables, such as, age, gender, religion, economic status, occupation that explain an individual’s propensity and rationale for digital piracy and their correlation with peer influence and online discussion forums will help us to form suitable neutralization techniques.

Funding Agency

Funds Sanctioned

Rs. 1,000,000
Internet Infidelity

With the increased use of internet, the definition of infidelity has moved away from simply physical adultery to acknowledging emotional cheating and psychological abuse. Therefore, it is imperative to define and address the issue of internet infidelity at the nascent stages as it has the potential to aggravate intimate partner violence and emotional and/or psychological abuse of the partner and children. This study offers to provide coherent and organized view on the reasons behind the act of cheating on primary relationship and investigates distinct rationalization, justification, attribution process behind involvement in Internet Infidelity that will inform both clinicians and researchers in the field. In this project, we also examine the current laws in context to the potential for abuse and marital discord, as well as the psychological, physical and mental implications of partner violence and neglect of best parenting practices and questions whether law should be expanded to include online infidelity and offers a proposal for legislators & decision makers in Indian context. Finally the study offers recommendations and directions for the future research on Online Infidelity, divorce and separation studies in India.

Funding Agency

Funds Sanctioned

Rs. 500,000
Issues of Police Leadership

The main objective of this study is to clearly identify isues of police leadership in the existent police structure, both at the level of police stations and on a broader, district level. The focus is on formulating criteria for selecting and posting officers at police stations and district level.

Lacuna in Understanding of Forensics Among Law Professionals

For successful administration of justice, it is important that all agencies involved in law enforcement adopt an inter-professional approach towards forensic science, which is presently lacking. In light of the alarmingly high average acquittal rate in India, this study aims to examine the lack of understanding and appreciation of the importance and scope of forensic evidence and expert opinions amongst law professionals such as lawyers and judges. Based on a study of criminal law cases and a questionnaire based quantitative survey, we examine the extent of forensic understanding amongst legal professionals and identifies the areas in which they need further appraisal.

Need for Forensic Regulations

In order to facilitate the discipline of forensic science to better aid the criminal justice system, there needs to be regulations imposed to ensure that all professionals and laboratories involved in the process work according to the best standards, that all evidence is handled and analysed in a manner that does not compromise its admissibility in court and that all expert opinions offered individually conform to uniformly accepted standards. This will not only increase the pertinence of forensics in court trials, but will also help prevent miscarriage of justice.

Political Leadership Quotient

In collaboration with Center for Leadership at University of Texas, we aim to generate a theoretical definition of the concept of Political Leadership as well as create a new standardized psychometric scale for its assessment.

Public Opinion About Death Penalty In Delhi

A “new dynamic” has emerged that recognizes capital punishment as a denial of the universal human rights to life and freedom from tortuous, cruel, and inhuman punishment. Over the past decade, international human rights treaties and institutions have developed that support abolition of capital punishment, with many nation states moving towards implementation of complete abolition of death penalty. The objective is to study public attitude towards capital punishment and understanding the reasons, socio-psychological and attitudinal correlates of death penalty in India. We also focus on the process of capital punishment, alternative penalties and the progress made in implementing the abolition.

Public Opinion About Euthanasia In India


The last decade has been marked by an increasing debate about the acceptability and regulation of euthanasia and other end-of-life decisions. Growing public sensibility to a ‘right to die’ for terminally ill patients has been one of the main constituents of these debates. Within this context, the purpose of our research is to study and assess the Indian public’s attitude towards euthanasia and understand the specific reasons and circumstances for favouring or opposing it. Understanding the socio-psychological and perceptual correlates will help legislators and policy makers examine current laws on euthanasia and expanded the prevailing ones to address this issue.

Regulation of Guidelines in Postmortem Examination in India

The need for a detailed, organized procedure for performing autopsy is important, especially in India, since cremation of the deceased bodies is a popular ritual amongst many populations in the country. This means that much of the evidence can be obliterated and the possibility of exhumation for re-testing is annulled. Sadly, the procedure for autopsy remains different and unclear among experts from different States and there aren’t many checks and balances with that respect. The study investigates whether the absence of unanimous standards with regard to post mortem examination may adversely affect the evidences, hence affecting the trial outcome.