Police Reform Debates in India
The debate has raged for almost four decades. “The necessity for accountability of the police organisation is
not far to seek” – the National Police Commission said in the late 70′s. 25 years on, the Supreme Court in the Prakash Singh Case implored, “States should rise to the
occasion and enact a new Police Act… securing the rights of the citizens under the Constitution for the Rule of Law.”
Such profound reflection, such detailed guidelines but unfortunately such unenthusiastic implementation.
Till date public perceives the police as a body that exists in order to protect the system and as an instrument of the state rather than the people. They consider the force to be
inefficient, slow and secretive – made up of individuals lacking necessary education and training. Clearly reform
has not moved beyond the rhetoric.
Through this booklet CHRI analyses the recommendations made in the last three decades and puts them in context for today’s India.