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14 years on, no state/UT has fully implemented SC-mandated police reforms

Most states have also failed to comply with directives that mandate minimum tenure for police officers

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Police reforms | SSC | Supreme Court

Shreya Raman & Shreehari Paliath | IndiaSpend  |  Mumbai | Bengaluru 



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India, which has the world’s second highest population, has 151 police personnel per 100,000 population

No Indian state is fully compliant with 14-year-old directives for police reforms, an analysis by the international non-profit Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has found. Of the 28 states, only two--Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh--were partially compliant with the five binding directives included in the analysis. All the other states have failed to comply, as per CHRI’s report.

The set of seven directives, aimed at kick-starting reforms, was introduced based on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in 1996. Despite various National Police Commission recommendations made since 1979, successive governments did not implement major recommendations. The 1996 PIL, filed by two former director generals of police, Prakash Singh and NK Singh, asked the to direct governments to implement the recommendations. A decade later, the court ordered that these seven directives be implemented.

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First Published: Tue, September 22 2020. 14:41 IST

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