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R Rochin Chandra

Director & Principal Criminologist

Contact Details

PHONE : +91-8110835606

EMAIL : rchandra@ccppindia.org

HOURS : By appointment

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R Rochin Chandra is Director of the Center for Criminology & Public Policy , where he works as Principal Criminologist. He is also the Project Consultant to the Bureau of Police Research & Development and State Crime Branch. Before taking up the current position, he was working with the Rajasthan Prisons Department as Correctional Expert. While there, he was responsible for training and capacity building of correctional officials, and reviewing the prison rehabilitation policies. Apart from his stint in public office, Rochin has also worked with International Justice Mission, South Asian Society of Criminology & Victimology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and UNICEF on key policy issues.

Beginning his academic career in 2010, Rochin has evolved as a scholar, who is curious about policy implications of criminological research. His interest in criminal justice policy emerged during his master’s studies, and eventually grew stronger, as he attended a summer school on development and conflict. Until now, he has produced two dissertations, and each of these pieces has contributed to the formation of policy objectives at the state and national levels.

An original thinker and a creative leader, Rochin’s contributions have fetched him a string of awards, including the prestigious Stanley. P. Yeldell Academic Excellence Award, and the Outstanding Youth Achievement Award. In 2016, he was also conferred with the title of 'Young Change Maker' by Tehelka, an Indian news magazine known for its investigative journalism.

Besides claiming top honors, Rochin has authored a number of policy essays, book chapters, opinion pieces, and research papers. He is also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, and writes occasional columns for The Hindu, The Pioneer, Huffington Post, India Today, The Wire, The Guardian, and Rajasthan Patrika.

Rochin has conducted the first national study on the present position of Indian Criminology. The findings are presented in a number of conferences, and policy round tables. He has also worked with several experts to produce the first Indian policy guidance on the benefits of embedding criminologists inside police departments, the results of which were extensively covered by media .

Rochin has completed an advanced research degree in Criminology from Raksha Shakti (Police & Internal Security) University (RSU), Ahmedabad. He will be honored at the forthcoming convocation of RSU for producing exceptional dissertation of outstanding quality in the research degree program. He also holds an M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. In the M.Sc., Rochin was selected as an early career researcher to present his paper at the 15th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology, in Perth, Australia.

  • Criminal Justice Education
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Public Criminology
  • Prison Management
  • Evidence-Based Policy-Making & Practice
  • Crime Mapping
  • Bonded Labour
  • Crimes Against Women & Children
  • Cyber Victimization

2020

POCSO Convictions: Time to plug gaps (Opinion)
Qureshi, H., Chandra, R.R.. (2020, March 5).POCSO Convictions: Time to plug gap,The Telegraph
Available at:https://www.telegraphindia.com/opinion/pocso-convictions-time-to-plug-gaps/cid/1750991


2019

Providing Sexuality Education (Commentary)
Chandra, R.R., Kumar, B. (2019, November 6).Providing Sexuality Education, The Hindu
Available at:http://ccppindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Screenshot_20191106-091446_Drive.jpg


Status of Women Police in India (Policy Essay)
Kewlani, V., Chandra, R.R (2019, November 4). Status of Women Police in India, Feminism in India.
Available at:https://hindi.feminisminindia.com/2019/11/04/struggle-indian-women-police-force-hindi/


Improving Access to Justice for Victims of Child Rape (Opinion)
Chandra, R.R., Kewlani, V (2019, October 10). Improving Access to Justice for Victims of Child Rape, Udaipur Times.
Available at: http://ccppindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/rochin-vinita-ccpp-opinions.pdf


University for cops (Analysis)
Chandra, R.R., Qureshi, H (2019, September 25). University for cops, The Pioneer.
Available at: https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/university-for-cops.html


Researching with police: Why academic criminologists should be involved in day-to-day functioning of the police
Chandra, R.R., Qureshi, H (2019, August 03). Researching with police: Why academic criminologists should be involved in day-to-day functioning of the police, India Today (DailyO), (Policy Essay).
Available at: https://www.dailyo.in/variety/police-academics-researching-with-police-academicians-criminologists-academic-research-criminology-criminology-police/story/1/31521.html


Indian Politicians are not interested in Prison Reforms. Here's Why.
Chandra, R.R. (2019, May 13). Indian Politicians are not interested in Prison Reforms. Here's Why., Huffington Post, India.
Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/indian-politicians-have-no-interest-in-prison-reforms-here-s-why_in_5cd94884e4b0705e47df5fc7


Why India's Dignity March Against Sexual Violence Stigma Deserves Attention?
Lewis, S.,Chandra, R.R. (2019, March 09).Why India's Dignity March Against Sexual Violence Stigma Deserves Attention?, The Wire.
Available at: https://thewire.in/women/india-dignity-march-sexual-violence-stigma


2018

Need for a better politics over child rape (Position Paper)
Chandra, R.R. (2018, September 20).Need for a better politics on child rape, Center for Criminology & Public Policy.
Available at: bit.ly/2DMq27d


5 Studies and a New Direction in Indian Criminology (Blog)
Jaishankar, K. (2018, September 10). 5 Studies and a New Direction in Indian Criminology, The British Society of Criminology Blog.
Available at: https://thebscblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/5-criminological-researches-and-a-new-direction-to-indian-criminology/


Why Indian Criminology Struggles to Influence Public Policy? (Journal Article)
Chandra, R.R., Kunjappan, S., Jaishankar, K. (2018, August 25). Why Indian Criminology Struggles to Influence Public Policy?, International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences.
DOI:10.5281/zenodo.1403367


Slow Justice for Rajasthan’s rape victims: An evidence-based review of Bhaskar’s Movement (Investigation)
Chandra, R.R. (2018, July 07). Slow Justice for Rajasthan’s rape victims: An evidence-based review of Bhaskar’s Movement, Udaipur Times.
Available at:https://udaipurtimes.com/hindi/city-news/stale-justice-for-rape-victims-a-research-based-analysis-by-criminologist-rochin-chandra/


Why Should Indian Police Join Hands With Criminologists? This Article on Public Safety Might Just Have an Answer (Policy Provocation )
Chandra, R.R. (2018, April 12). Why Should Indian Police Join Hands With Criminologists? This Article on Public Safety Might Just Have an Answer, Center for Criminology & Public Policy.
DOI: 04.2018/100024/01


Rajasthan’s child rapes – and the failure to prevent them (Op- Ed -Hindi )
Chandra, R.R. (2018, March 9). Rajasthan’s child rapes – and the failure to prevent them, Rajasthan Patrika.
Available at: epaper.patrika.com//c/26912127


Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss (Expert Opinion)
Bengtsen, P., & Chandra, R.R. (2018, January 4) Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss, The Guardian (International Edition).
Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/04/workers-held-captive-indian-mills-supplying-hugo-boss


Nirbhaya Incident and Juvenile Justice Policies in India: A Situational Analysis (Book Chapter)
Chandra, R.R. (2018). Nirbhaya Incident and Juvenile Justice Policies in India: A Situational Analysis. In: K. Jaishankar (Ed.) Handbook of South Asian Criminology (In Press). Boca, Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group. ISBN 9781482260458


2017

Female Victims of Labor Exploitation Vis-à-Vis Labour Courts in the Southern Tamil Nadu, India: Therapeutic Jurisprudence Solutions for the Prevention of Secondary Victimization (Book Chapter)
Chandra, R.R., & Jaishankar, K. (2017). Female Victims of Labor Exploitation Vis-à-Vis Labour Courts in the Southern Tamil Nadu, India: Therapeutic Jurisprudence Solutions for the Prevention of Secondary Victimization. In: D. Halder and K. Jaishankar (Eds.) Therapeutic Jurisprudence And Overcoming Violence Against Women (pp. 171-181). Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global. ISBN: 9781522524724
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2472-4


National Law Universities Romancing with Criminology (Editorial)
Chandra, R.R. (2017, September 29). National Law Universities Romancing with Criminology, Live Law.
Available at: http://www.livelaw.in/national-law-universities-romancing-criminology/


Understanding Violence Against Women (OP- Ed - Hindi)
Chandra, R.R. (2017, March 7). Understanding Violence Against Women, Rajasthan Patrika.
Available at: epaper.patrika.com//c/26912363


Online Child Grooming (Project Module)
Jaishankar, K., & Chandra, R.R. (2017). Online Child Grooming. Module 18, e-Pathsala, University Grants Commission.
Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=1608


Revenge Porn (Project Module)
Jaishankar, K., & Chandra, R.R. (2017). Revenge Porn. Module 15, e-Pathsala, University Grants Commission.
Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=1608


Cyber Stalking (Project Module)
Jaishankar, K., & Chandra, R.R. (2017). Cyber Stalking. Module 13, e-Pathsala, University Grants Commission.
Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=1608


Online Sextortion (Project Module)
Jaishankar, K., & Chandra, R.R. (2017). Online Sextortion. Module 16, e-Pathsala, University Grants Commission.
Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=1608


Space Transition Theory of Cyber Crimes (Project Module)
Jaishankar, K., & Chandra, R.R. (2017). Space Transition Theory. Module 23, e-Pathsala, University Grants Commission.
Available at: http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/ahl.php?csrno=1608


2016

Sumangali Scheme: When Marriage Assistance Becomes Bonded Labour in Disguise (OP-ED)
Chandra, R.R. (2016, November 3). Sumangali Scheme: When Marriage Assistance Becomes Bonded Labour in Disguise, The News Minute. .
Available at: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/sumangali-scheme-when-marriage-assistance-becomes-bonded-labour-disguise-52320


Want a chance to join the fight against crime? A look at the nascent field of Criminology in India (OP-ED)
Chandra, R.R. (2016, July 2). Want a chance to join the fight against crime? A look at the nascent field of Criminology in India, The News Minute.
Available at http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/want-chance-join-fight-against-crime-look-nascent-field-criminology-india-45811


Youth Power: 23-Year-old Criminologist from Udaipur worked with UNICEF on Nirbhaya Case (Expert Opinion)
Chandra, R.R. (2016, January 21). Youth Power: 23-year-old criminologist from Udaipur worked with UNICEF on Nirbhaya Case, Patrika News Network & Rajasthan Patrika.
Available at http://m.rajasthanpatrika.patrika.com/story/rajasthan/a-23-year-old-criminologist-rochin-from-udaipur-1752106.html


2015

Reparative Justice to the Rape Victims: A Path towards Empowerment. (Book Chapter)
Chandra, R.R. (2015). Reparative Justice to the Rape Victims: A Path towards Empowerment. In: D.J. Dominic (Ed.) Women in 21st Century: Working towards Empowerment (pp. 471-474). Panaji, Goa: Broadway Publishing House. ISBN 978-93-84298-19-7


2014

Prevention of Corruption: Lesson Learned from History (Conference Proceedings)
Thakre, A.G., & Chandra, R.R. (2014). Prevention of Corruption: Lesson Learned from History. In: Proceedings of the ICSSR National Conference on Corruption and Anti-Corruption: Perceptions, Assessments & Prescriptions (pp. 54-57). Coimbatore, India: Bonfring. ISBN 978-93-84743-20-8


Impact of RTI as an Anti-Corruption Tool: A Critical Analysis of People’s Perspectives (Conference Proceedings)
Chandra, R.R., & Shivalaxmi, A. (2014). Impact of RTI as an Anti-Corruption Tool: A Critical Analysis of People’s Perspectives. In: Proceedings of the ICSSR National Conference on Corruption and Anti-Corruption: Perceptions, Assessments & Prescriptions (Pp.58-60). Coimbatore, India: Bonfring. ISBN 978-93-84743-20-8


Professional Affiliations
  • Bureau of Police Research and Development (Assistant Director - Policing Research Partnerships)
  • Janardhan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth (Visiting Assistant Professor)
  • The Rajasthan Society of Criminology & Victimology (President)
  • The South Asian Society of Criminology & Victimology (Member)
Editorial Roles
  • International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences (International Editorial Board Member 2015- )
  • International Journal of Cyber Criminology (International Reviewer 2016 -)
Mentors making a difference

Dr. Hanif Qureshi, IPS
Executive Policy and Research Advisor (2019-Present)

Rochin in the Media

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Dr. Hanif Qureshi, IPS

Chief Mentor

Dr. Hanif Qureshi, a distinguished Indian Police Service officer, is Chief Mentor of the Centre for Criminology and Public Policy (CCPP), where he has occupied the Honorary Chairmanship of the Evidence Based Policing Network, a specialist research work within CCPP, which aims to advance theory, knowledge and practice in policing through rigorous research and evaluation.

Dr. Qureshi has extensive experience of policing, comprising criminal investigations, traffic, intelligence operations, police training, and handling law and order situations. He is also an avid researcher, with several of his articles appearing in leading international journals. His research interests include police legitimacy, crimes against women, work-family conflict, organizational citizenship behaviors, criminal justice system reforms and related issues.

He has been the Senior Superintendent of Police of eight districts in Haryana, Inspector General of Police of two ranges, and the Commissioner of Police, Faridabad, Haryana. Currently, he is the Inspector General of Police, Law and Order, Haryana and the Director General of New and Renewable Energy Department under the Government of Haryana.

Dr. Qureshi’s interest in Criminology was no accident. Despite being an engineering graduate from Jamia Millia Islamia in 1992, his inclination towards academics led him to add several educational accolades to his arsenal.

In 2013, he completed his MBA and went on to obtain a PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, USA, where he also taught courses in Criminology and Policing as adjunct professor and distance learning facilitator for two years, until 2015.

His zeal for education prompted him to establish the Mewat Engineering College at Nuh, Haryana, as the Chief Executive Officer of Haryana Waqf Board. His intellect, coupled with a deep desire for public service, also makes him one of the most influential TedX speakers today.

Currently, he is leading a major research project, commissioned by the Bureau of Police Research & Development, which aims at determining the conditions leading to conviction in child rape cases.

  • Police Legitimacy
  • Crimes Against Women
  • Work-Family Conflict
  • Organizational Citizenship Behavior
  • Criminal Justice Reforms
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D. Roopa Moudhgil, IPS

Associate Mentor

Ms. Roopa D Moudgil, a valiant IPS officer from Karnataka’s Davangere, is the Associate Mentor and Honorary Co-Chair of the Evidence-Based Policing Network, housed within the Center for Criminology and Public Policy (CCPP)

Ms. Roopa was the first woman to go on to become an IPS officer in Karnataka. It came as no surprise when the revolutionary police officer, who is often in the news for her proactive role in maintaining law and order, decided in 2019 to pledge her support to a worthy cause such as the CCPP that aims to produce actionable research on crime, policing and justice.

Ms. Roopa, who is one the highest-ranked officers in hierarchy in Bangalore and Karanataka, currently holds the post of Inspector General of Police, Railways. She graduated from Kuvempu University Karnataka with a gold medal, and proceeded to pursue an MA in psychology from Bangalore University. The two time Presidential Police awardee is also a patron of the arts, being well adept in Hindustani classical music and Bharatanatyam herself.

Over her 18 year long career, Ms. Roopa has served as the Superintendent of Police in Dharwad, Gadag, Bidar, and Yadgir districts consecutively. She also became the first lady police officer in the country to head the Cyber-Crime police division. Soon after, she served as the DCP in Bangalore where she withdrew several unauthorized gunmen and SUVS kept illegally by politicians from both the ruling party and the opposition. For a short period before she was made Inspector General, she served as the Deputy Inspector General, Prisons in Karnataka. She has also been selected by the Israel Foreign Ministry to be part of “Discover Israel delegation” to promote ties between the two countries.

Ms. Moudgil is an influential TedX speaker and well known face in the women empowerment debate.

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Vinita Kewlani

Policy Research Fellow

Contact Details

PHONE : +91-7984253992

EMAIL : vkewlani.ccpp@gmail.com

Vinita Kewlani is a Policy Research Fellow (Hindi) at the Center for Criminology & Public Policy, India. Before occupying this position, she was enrolled in the Criminal Justice Policy Research Internship Program, offered by the Center. She is currently part of a team involved in the construction of a module on Prevention and Redressal of Child Sexual Abuse for SAMARTH Handbook of Child Protection and Well-Being. She plays a key role in the preparation of Crime Analysis Reports, brought out every month by the Center for developing a knowledge base for crime prevention and public safety in Udaipur, Rajasthan. She teaches criminology and police science at Janardhan Rai Nagar Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth (JRNRV) and supports student participation in criminal justice practicum. She also coordinates public policy outreach activities at the Center.

Earlier, during her internship, she was involved in rigorous research and writing activities such as drafting policy essays and evidence briefs for prevention of and responses to child sexual abuse and publishing research articles on issues and problems of women police. She also demonstrated critical leadership while designing and implementing community crime prevention program (CCPP) and represented the Center as resource person in educational seminars.

Vinita has completed her MA in Criminology with a specialization in “Criminal Justice Social Work” from Raksha Shakti (Police and Internal Security) University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. She qualified the UGC- NET in Criminology in July 2018.

2019

Status of Women Police in India (Policy Essay)
Kewlani, V., Chandra, R.R (2019, November 4). Status of Women Police in India, Feminism in India.
Available at:https://hindi.feminisminindia.com/2019/11/04/struggle-indian-women-police-force-hindi/


Improving Access to Justice for Victims of Child Rape (Opinion)
Chandra, R.R., Kewlani, V (2019, October 10). Improving Access to Justice for Victims of Child Rape, Udaipur Times.
Available at: http://ccppindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/rochin-vinita-ccpp-opinions.pdf/


Workshop held on Criminology & Police Science
Chandra, R.R., Kewlani, V. (2019, September 24).Workshop held on Criminology & Police Science, CCPP (News).
Available at: http://ccppindia.org/workshop-held-on-criminology-police-science/


Faculty Research Featured in Pioneer.
Chandra, RR., Kewlani, V. (2019, September 27).Faculty Research Featured in Pioneer, CCPP (News).
Available at: http://ccppindia.org/faculty-research-featured-in-pioneer/


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Bhaskar Kumar

Early Career Researcher

Bhaskar Kumar is an Early Career Researcher at the Center for Criminology & Public Policy, India. He is currently preparing a policy brief on ‘Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse’ for the consideration of Ministry of Women and Child Development. His areas of interest include criminal law, constitutional law, human rights and social crime prevention.

He has been published in several media and academic platforms. He writes on the subject of law, politics and sociology. His articles have appeared on The Wire, Firstpost, The Quint, Deccan Herald and Live Law among others.

As part of his legal studies with National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bhaskar also contributed to a research project on Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 which examined the constitutional and legal provisions of the act.

2019

Providing Sexuality Education (Commentary)
Chandra, R.R., Kumar, B. (2019, November 6).Providing Sexuality Education, The Hindu
Available at:http://ccppindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Screenshot_20191106-091446_Drive.jpg


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Gopinatha B.S.

Crime and Data Analyst

Gopinatha B.S. is a Crime & Data Analyst at the Center for Criminology and Public Policy. He is currently working on a pilot project, commissioned by Rajasthan Police and CCPP, involving identification and analysis of crime patterns in Udaipur City.

Before joining the Center, he has held various positions of increasing scope and responsibility within GIS Research and Consulting Services, most recently at Eco-Spatial Research Technologies.

Gopinatha is proficient in the use of Arc GIS, Quantum GIS, and Google Earth Pro. He obtained his M.Sc. in Geography from Bangalore University, Karnataka.

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Virender Chandel

IPR Consultant

Virender Chandel is a qualified Indian lawyer. He has specialized in intellectual property matters such as patents, designs, commercialization and litigation. Currently working on a research monograph, Virender has been offering his services to the CCPP since last one year and is responsible for conceptualizing the strategy for CCPP's IPR protection.

Virender completed his LLM in Intellectual Property Law from the Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, where he was working with a leading intellectual property firm.

He is an alumni of the National Law University, Jodhpur. .

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Charli Salvi

Early Career Researcher

Charli Salvi, a post-graduate diploma student of Criminology & Police Science, is an Early Career Research Intern at the Center. She is responsible for collecting crime data (through newspapers, police stations and field observations) for the construction of crime analysis reports, released on a monthly basis by the Center to inform crime reduction efforts of Rajasthan Police. She plays a key role in administering Center’s Crime Prevention Programs in the rural and tribal communities of Udaipur.

Charli obtained her Bachelors’ degree in Biology from Mira Girls College, Udaipur.

Her primary research interests are focused around assessment and examination of victims of sexual violence.