‘People have lost faith in criminal justice system’
BANGALORE: Police, prosecutors and courts have failed in delivering speedy justice to the victims, which is forcing the latter to take the help of those with criminal background to meet their purpose, said Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh.
Delivering the keynote address at the All India Criminology Conference of Indian Society of Criminology (ISC) on Wednesday, Mr. Singh said: “I feel sad to say about the failure of the criminal justice system. People have lost faith in it as they are not getting justice. They are now going to anti-socials to get their cases settled.”
Mr. Singh said the police were in need of practical solutions for disputes that could be implemented under local conditions. Expressing his disappointment over the lack of coordination between the police and criminologists, Mr. Singh said: “Many times, the coordination between the police and the department is not at a desired level.”
He expressed the need for having full-fledged departments of criminology, sociology and psychology at the police training institutes. “Only a few police training academies in the country have such departments,” he said.
The former President of Indian Society of Criminology M.Z. Khan expressed his concern over the lack of initiatives to instil a sense of security among people. “There is much to be desired,” Mr. Khan said and added that not much importance was being given to issues such as increasing the police force and clearing pendency of criminal cases.
“The police have been bogged down with security duties,” he said.
Law Minister Suresh Kumar said: “We lag behind in controlling acts of terrorism. The new age terrorism is becoming a threat. It’s an irony that we have to combat our own people. Modern day crime has outgrown the confinements of Indian Penal Code.”
The Minister said the State Government was taking steps to bring reforms. Steps were being taken to implement recommendations of the former Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court V.S. Malimath for reforming criminal justice system.
“Mr. Malimath is the Chairman of State Law Commission. We will have discussions with police officers and take steps to bring in reforms,” he said.
Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev said the university would be taking up a scientific study on victims of terror, natural disasters and crime. The study would look at the ways in which the victims could obtain justice and get relief.
The ISC presented Kumarappa Reckless Award to Balaraj Chauhan, Vice-Chancellor of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia University, Lucknow. It presented Sushil Chandra Award to Mehrajuddin of Kashmir University and S.S. Srivastava Award to P. Madhava Somasundaram of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. The ISC fellowships were given to Rama K. Subramaniam, A. Vijayarajan and Mukesh Kumar Chaurasia.