Killers roam free without forensics

Why do the police rely so much on CCTV and mobile phone location to solve crimes? These methods are useful, sure, but what about forensics? A serial killer was caught in Patiala earlier this year. He had been killing since 1995. Despite being a suspect in two of the murders early on, he was never charged…

Is India becoming a criminal producing factory?

Two news items about systematic child abuse in child shelters, one in Bihar, and the other in Pune, shocked me. Dozens and dozens of kids had suffered a fate worse than death. I knew these things went on in child shelters – beatings, starvation, sexual assault and drugging of the kids. Even then, when I read…

Gau Rakshaks and criminality

Ever since PM Modi announced protection of cows, criminals have had a heyday. Normally, there should be no connection between cow protection and criminal behaviour. But whenever criminals (anywhere) see an opportunity they jump at it. Modi’s law to protect cows has given a criminal his golden opportunity. Now the criminal can don a mask…

Patriarchy and Crime – the connection

A society embroiled in patriarchal values is usually a hotbed of crime. Of course, this is not a pan India phenomenon because there are urban pockets where women are educated, better off, and well-treated. But there are large areas in India, particularly rural areas, where patriarchy resides and rules. Here is why patriarchy causes crime,…

India deadly for journalists

Bold and brave journalists who speak out against the majority view are being murdered. If they defy the fundamentalists and attempt to expose the corrupt, they are in danger of being killed. This is so all over the world, but India apparently is the deadliest country for journalists in Asia. More journalists killed in India than…

Myths about Mobs

There are two blatant misconceptions about mobs: People who participate in mobs are actually good people who become emotionally charged, and that is why they commit acts of violence.  People who participate in a mob are driven by some noble motive. Mobs are always spontaneous. None of the above true, although exceptions prove the rule….