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Friday, March 24, 2023

Nunna et al. on Victims with Disabilities in India

Bhanu P. NunnaGerd F. Kirchhoff, and Manjushree Palit (O.P. Jindal Global University, India, O.P. Jindal Global University, India and O.P. Jindal Global University, India) have posted Improving Criminal Justice System Responses to Crime Victims with Disabilities in India (Law and Humanities Quarterly Reviews, Vol.1 No.2 (2022)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In the past three decades, significant progress has been made in advancing victims’ rights, ensuring comprehensive services for crime victims, and restoring victims as active participants in the criminal justice system in India. However, some victims, particularly those with disabilities, often remain marginalised. This paper examines how prejudices, stereotypes, and misconceptions contribute to the lack of participation of people with disabilities in the criminal justice process in India and how they are often compounded by societal assumptions, stereotyping, and misconceptions. It is argued that for too long, the criminal justice system has failed to adequately address the unique circumstances of people with disabilities. Specifically, this paper explores ways to assist crime victims with disabilities in accessing the criminal justice system, exercising their rights as victims of crime (some of which have legal standing, while others do not), and maximizing their participation in the criminal justice process. Finally, it is concluded that there must be a widespread cultural change among the police, the legal profession, the judiciary, the disability sector, and the general public to better assist victims with disabilities in the aftermath of crime.

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