The Criminal Justice and Police is a Bhopal based litigation, research and capacity building intervention. We combine strategic and empirical research to hold justice system accountable for imposing casteist and colonial modes social control on Denotified Tribal and other marginalised communities
The legal representation available within the economic means of those we work with is focused on maintaining the status quo of policing (as that ensures stable income for lawyers) and fails to challenge the structural underpinnings which facilitate continued legal prosecution.
We believe a multi-pronged approach to litigation with proactive engagement at the pre-bail and pre-trial stages, with respect to illegal detention, torture, investigation and evidence collection aspects help in better pursuit of justice.
Research & Advocacy
We seek to document the structural and institutional modes of marginalisation and oppression against Vimukta communities to ensure that there is a public record and public discourse on the structural violence inflicted by the criminal justice system. There is very little data and analysis available regarding this and we aim to bridge that gap and set precedence for future studies.
Policy level changes and constitutional strategies are undertaken to bring systemic changes.
We aim to set better standards of legal practice at trial courts by sharing research and strategies, and by helping create a community of human rights lawyers who recognise the lens of marginalisation so that the change can have a multiplier effect. We believe in empowering communities with alternative forms of justice practices and trained paralegal professionals who can pursue justice beyond incarceration.