Mission

Our Mission is based upon three values :

• We advocates work for human dignity, welfare, protection, rights and rehabilitation of crime victims as well as those who are first-time or non-habitual offenders accused of petty crimes.

• We work upon the development of effective crime prevention, equitable, fair, speedy justice strategies and practices.

• We seek to contribute knowledge, influence policy,  process of criminal justice and allied systems in India with specific references to those that are in judicial custody and are from the socio-economically vulnerable sections of society. Those are excluded from mainstream public facilities and welfare and those who are at greater risk of being further criminalised or exposed to human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

 

Rationale

Those accused or convicted of petty crimes are referred to penal / protective institutions as a consequence of detention / arrest for alleged commission or after conviction of an offence. Such individuals are exposed to unstable shelter or support systems, neglect, destitution, mental disturbance, vulnerability to mental / physical / sexual dangers and exploitation. The status could be of an (alleged) offender, or one in distress requiring support. The rationale behind justice is not to let prisoners off easy, it is to offer an alternative perspective to our definition of punishment and of the criminal himself.