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R Rochin Chandra

Director & Principal Criminologist

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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. 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 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

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).
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
  • 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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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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Vinita Kewlani

Policy Research Intern

Vinita Kewlani is a Policy Research Intern at the Center for Criminology and Public Policy. She recently completed her MA in Criminology with a specialisation in “Criminal Justice Social Work” from Raksha Shakti (Police and Internal Security) University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. She also qualified for UGC- NET in Criminology in July, 2018.

During her master’s studies, Vinita presented a research paper at O.P. Jindal Global University, highlighting the problems faced by [on-duty!] women constables of Ahmedabad Police during menstruation. In keeping with this topic, she also conducted a qualitative study addressing the well-being of Ahmedabad City Traffic Police Constables.The findings of this study have been communicated in several academic conferences. And the response to it was so overwhelming that UP Police considered her recommendations for formulating policies that will promote health, hygiene and welfare needs of women constables within the traffic police.

Vinita also coordinates Public Policy Outreach Initiativeat CCPP.

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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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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Sher Singh Rajput

Administrative Assistant

Sher Singh serves as an Administrative Assistant at the Center for Criminology & Public Policy and works closely with the Director. He supports employees through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication. He recently completed his B.Sc. in Mathematics from Bhupal Nobles. He is also the winner of state boxing championship.