Research Projects

STATUS OF RADICALISATION IN INDIA: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF PREVENTION AND REMEDIES
The project seeks to analyse and evaluate the phenomenon of radicalisation in India and suggest practicable solutions to effectively remedy and/or prevent the problem. The need for this study is of particular pertinence to policy-makers and law enforcement agencies in India, both of whom are moving away from a security centric approach exemplified by strengthening of the intelligence apparatus and brute force counter-terrorism/counter-insurgency operations towards a more permanent solution based approach. This study seeks to assist the agencies of the state in this direction. 
The project is sponsored by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India. 
Prof (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, the present Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab, is the Project Director.


TRANSPORT AND CRIME: AN ACCOUNT OF CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN IN CABS IN THR DELHI/NCR REGION (Transfer Proposed)
Women in Indian cities face sexual harassment on public transport system with an awful consistency. Even though these crimes often takes place in common places there is no official data or is very less data on massive scale of such issues prevalent in the society.

These harassments are mostly invisible and anonymous in our society due to large number of under-reporting or non-reporting of such case. Victim rarely come forward to report such crime due to a sense of shame. They fear to be targeted by the offenders if they report the case.
The current research study entails an analyses of paradigms around women safety concerns in cabs in Delhi/NCR region and to identifying the key problems faced by women in said situations. Also, to assess various legislative initiatives by the Delhi Government against such crimes in Delhi/NCR region. In furtherance to develop a model ensuring safer travel for women commuters in cabs and control such incidences from occurring in near future in Delhi/NCR region.
The project is sponsored by National Commission for Women (NCW). 
Prof (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, the present Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi National University
of Law, Patiala, Punjab, is the Project Director.

 

EXPLORING CRITICAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURAL LAW
This research aims to develop the notions of critical criminal law. The conventional expositions in criminal law in India do not offer causal, critical, functional and radical insights into the manner in which the law is conceived, designed, applied and interpreted.
Therefore, this study attempts to resolve the many complex issues which emerge from the interaction of criminal law with its stakeholders in India. A plain implementation and interpretation cannot answer these issues. This study also intends to identify and document the critical perspectives which are relevant to criminal procedural law by examining policy critique by thinkers and activists, critique by judges in their judgements and critique by jurists about the institutions of criminal law. In this undertaking, the objective is to develop normative, institutional and social critiques of criminal procedural law. A set of propositions leading to the development of a robust theory of criminal law will be prepared by collating and combining the systematic analysis of all these categories.
Prof. (Dr.) G. S. Bajpai is the Project Supervisor for this study.

 

CRIMINOLOGY IN INDIA POST 2000
The purpose of the research is targeted towards systematically documenting the research studies and other published work concerning criminology across India after the year 2000.
The survey conducted till now has highlighted the fact that criminological studies are scattered in several disciplines and there is a lack of any dependable resource of reference in this subject. This study aims to identify important trends in criminological studies since this period and to highlight important subject matter and broad areas discussed/researched under criminological sciences in same period span.

 

VICTIM AND PROSECUTION
This study seeks to understand the state of victims in the criminal justice system through the lenses of prosecution. The prosecution plays a crucial role in realizing the idea of victim justice, by representing the cases of victims of crimes in courts. Putting the victims' interest at the forefront, an attempt is required to understand the growing need to reshape the performance of prosecution. Selected judgements of the Supreme Court and material from other jurisdictions are being explored for this purpose. Additionally, the ways and means to ensure a victim friendly prosecution is sought to be developed.

 

EMPIRICAL LEGAL RESEARCH PROJECT
The Centre is also engaged in a study of empirical legal research completed in law schools and institutions across India in the last 20 years. The study explores the trends in empirical research in the field of law through an analysis of research publications, Journal articles, Ph.D. thesis and books which use empirical research methodologies.