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India’s police force is under stress

It has been unable to cope with new challenges to public order. Autonomy is the only way out

How should the police tackle protests in metros, under the constant gaze and scrutiny of the media and public?(ANI)
Published on Feb 04, 2020 07:31 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

Black Sunday: Questions for Delhi Police, JNU VC | Opinion

The police must act against the culprits. Given their possible political affiliation, this requires tough resolve

The incident on Black Sunday will leave a deep imprint on the minds of the students and public alike, and cast a long shadow on the role of the police, JNU administration, and political parties(Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 07, 2020 09:13 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

A road map for women’s safety | Opinion

Seven years after Delhi’s horrific gangrape, the criminal justice needs urgent, systemic reforms

Get policing, prosecution, the judicial process, and the politics right(AP)
Updated on Dec 15, 2019 04:02 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

Bringing transparency to the courts | Opinion

The Supreme Court’s order on the RTI will make the judiciary accountable, within certain boundaries

The bench has accepted the will and wisdom of Parliament to bring judiciary into the realm of accountability legislation(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Updated on Nov 14, 2019 10:02 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu

RTI 2.0: Eroding a valued right | Analysis

The new rules curtail the autonomy and authority of information commissions. Citizens will suffer

The RTI regime is at a crossroads today. There have been vigorous protests, and civil society may move court(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 30, 2019 07:34 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu

Why India needs timely crime data

The NCRB has not published its annual report on crime for 2017 and 2018. This is unacceptable

The NCRB would do well in present times to start compiling data on mob lynching and cow vigilantism cases(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 24, 2019 08:49 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

The Motor Vehicles Act is a good first step. Now, bring in more reforms | Analysis

These include infrastructure upgrade, focus on highaways and rural India, and improving the police to vehicles ratio

The amended law was expected to have a sobering effect on errant drivers, nightmarish traffic in metros and a calming effect on highways. But the states have come up with their usual slogan in the name of the poor, and want to slash the penalty rates, knowing fully well that this will defeat the purpose of the Act, and put lives in jeopardy(PTI)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 03:26 AM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad

RTI: A bill that may kill a right

The retrograde amendment would amount to creating an RTI ministry under the government

Information is a constitutional right. Parliament must protect it(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 22, 2019 08:04 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu

Safety education should be a part of the school curriculum

Nations that have designed safer vehicles and roads and implemented effective traffic management systems have seen a steep fall in road accidents

The accident site on the Yamuna Expressway, where three doctors from AIIMS, Delhi, were killed in a car mishap.(File photo)
Published on Apr 19, 2018 01:26 PM IST
ByYashovardhan Azad
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