Pursuing Elusive Justice: Mass Crimes in India and Relevance of International Standards

Hardcover | April 15, 2015

EditorSaumya Uma, Vahida Nainar

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The book explores various issues pertaining to human rights and criminal justice system in India. It argues that a number of gap areas - inadequate laws, lack of impartial investigation, and inability to protect witness - exist in the present system that have led to a climate of impunity formass crimes. The volume comprehensively covers topics such as victim's rights, impunity, and military justice system. It also discusses the status of Dalits and sexual minorities in relation to accessing justice. This volume compares India's legal framework with that of the international community,and builds a strong case for reforms. The essays also highlight the jurisprudence and standards set by the international courts and tribunals to deal with mass crimes and suggest that India reform its system to effectively address such issues. This book will interest lawyers, policymakers, activists, and journalists. Scholars, researchers, teachers, and students of law and politics will also find it useful.

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The book explores various issues pertaining to human rights and criminal justice system in India. It argues that a number of gap areas - inadequate laws, lack of impartial investigation, and inability to protect witness - exist in the present system that have led to a climate of impunity formass crimes. The volume comprehensively cover...

Saumya Uma is advocate at the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India. She is also consultant on gender, human rights, mass crimes, and law. Vahida Nainar is a women's rights and human rights activist. She is also the former Executive Director of the Women's Caucus for Gender Justice in New York.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Vahida Nainar: Introduction2. Saumya Uma: Impunity Writ Large: A Study of Crimes committed during Anti-Veerappan Operations3. Maya Nair: Dalits in India: The Need to Raise Standards of Accountability4. Siddharth Narrain: Persecution of Sexual Minorities: Relevance of the ICC5. Understanding Enforced Disappearances6. Bikram Jeet Batra: Severe Punishments and the ICC: Significance for the Indian Penal Regime7. Saumya Uma: Law Reform on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in Mass Violence8. Saumya Uma: Integrating Victims Rights in the Indian Legal Framework9. Arvind Narrain: Significance of Global Justice in the War on Terror10. U. C. Jha: ICC and Indian Military Justice System: Complementarities11. Vahida Nainar: Torture by Private Actors: Introducing a Legal Discourse in India12. Priya Pillai: Genocide: International Standards and their Application to India13. Vahida Nainar: Crimes Against Humanity in India: Towards a Legal Understanding14. Shruti Bedi: International Terrorism: A Crime Against Humanity?BibliographyIndex