R Rochin Chandra is Director of the Center for Criminology & Public Policy, where he works as Chief Criminologist. He is also functioning as a Pracademic (Research, Investigation & Analysis) on the 'Policing Research Partnership Project', a collaborative research initiative of the Bureau of Police Research & Development and the Evidence-Based Policing Network of the Center for Criminology & Public Policy. Before this, he was working with the Rajasthan Prisons Department on an ex-cadre post. 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 worked with the International Justice Mission (Chennai), 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 practical implications of criminological research. His interest in crime and social policy stemmed from his readings and conference experiences, and eventually became profound, as he worked with criminal justice. In 2018, he came into national limelight for publishing a ground-breaking article that stressed the importance of integrating criminology and public policy for better politics of crime (access the article under 'publications' section).
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 the title of 'Young Change Maker' by an Indian news magazine called 'Tehelka' for conducting a path-breaking study supporting the use of rehabilitative programs, therapeutic methods, vocational education and skill training in reducing juvenile re-offending. This study gained huge traction because it came out after the Delhi gang-rape case proposed amendments in laws relating to juveniles.
Besides claiming top honors, Rochin has authored a number of policy essays, book chapters, opinion pieces, and research papers. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, and writes occasional columns for The Hindu, The Telegraph, 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 recommendations of this policy guide, while extensively covered by the media, contributed to a change in the Rajasthan Police Subordinate Service Rule, 1989, awarding bonus marks to criminology graduates in the Sub-Inspector's recruitment examination in state police force.
Rochin is a Certified Specialist in GIS Crime Analysis by Ecospatial Research Technologies, Australia. He completed his research degree in Criminology from the National Security and Police University (famously called as RRU), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. He will be honored at the forthcoming convocation of RRU for producing exceptional dissertation of outstanding quality in the research degree program. He also holds a post-graduate degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamil Nadu. Incidentally, Rochin has earned a post-graduate diploma in social work from the same university.
- Criminal Justice Education
- Juvenile Justice
- Public Criminology
- Prison Management
- Evidence-Based Policy-Making & Practice
- Crime Mapping
- Bonded Labour
- Crimes Against Women & Children
- Cyber Victimization
Submission to the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women on Domestic Violence in the context of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns (Policy Submission) Chandra, R.R.. (2020, May 21).Submission to the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women on Domestic Violence in the context of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Available at:http://ccppindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Policy-Submission-to-NCW-India.pdf
Protect yourself from COVID-19 Online Scams (Opinion) Chandra, R.R.. (2020, April 20).Protect yourself from COVID-19 Online Scams, Dainik Navpradesh Available at:http://ccppindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Screenshot-145.png
PM CARES COVID-19 Fund: Be Kind, Be Wise (Opinion) Chandra, R.R.. (2020, April 11).PM CARES COVID-19 Fund: Be Kind, Be Wise, Udaipur Times Available at:shorturl.at/jmpH3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Bureau of Police Research and Development (Pracademic - Policing Research Partnerships)
- O.P. Jindal Global University (Guest Lecturer)
- Symbiosis International University (Visiting Professor)
- The Rajasthan Society of Criminology & Victimology (President)
- The South Asian Society of Criminology & Victimology (Member)
- 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
Below is the list of media items by Rochin. Please note that some are external links and therefore you must abide by their website conditions.
- Crime against women in Rajasthan sees over 100 % in May (The Times of India)
- Prison un-break (The Week)
- Police Universities: Its time has come (Deccan Herald)
- An Expert's take on what makes a serial killer? (Sunday Express)
- A Dim Future? (New Indian Express)
- Why does India need evidence based crime policy more than ever? (Modern Diplomacy)
- Candidates have deliberately neglected crime reduction in their agendas? (Udaipur Times)
- Death for child rapists not feasible (New Indian Express, Delhi)
- Death penalty shrinking budget for crime prevention programs, states policy paper (The Morning Standard)
- Police-Criminologist tie up can improve policing (Times of India, Jaipur)
- Policy brief calls for police-academic partnerships for crime reduction (Udaipur Times)
- CCPP Workshop stresses on employability skills under Criminology (Udaipur Times)
- Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss (The Guardian, UK)
- ‘Offenders enjoy privileges while victims are sidelined’ – Rochin Ramesh Chandra (Tehelka, India)
- Ace criminologist Rochin to guide on crime and law by his blog (Rajasthan Patrika)
- Youth Power: 23-Year-old Criminologist from Udaipur worked with UNICEF on Nirbhaya Case (Rajasthan Patrika)
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Dr. Hanif Qureshi, IPS
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
D. Roopa Moudhgil, IPS
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.
Dr. Archana Golwalkar
Senior Human Resources Consultant
Dr. Archana Golwalkar, a seasoned academician hailing from Maharastra, is a Human Resources Consultant at Centre for Criminology and Public Policy (CCPP) at Udaipur, Rajasthan. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching and research publications. Before joining CCPP, she was the Director of Aishwarya Institute of Management and Information Technology, where she worked for almost 11 years. During her impressive tenure, she also served as member of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell and was responsible for coordinating the Computer Society of India’s Student Branch.
Dr. Golwalkar is an accomplished researcher who has published extensively on Computer Science and Management related themes and topics. She is the recipient of the ‘Longest Continuous CSI Student Branch Coordinator Award’ and the ‘Best CSI Student Branch Award’. She has also received the ‘Best teacher Award’ by Vedanta and Hindustan Zinc Limited, besides functioning as resource person in knowledge events organized by government and private organizations.
Dr. Golwalkar believes in sharing her knowledge and skills, as a result of which, she has been providing guidance and support to students and research scholars, both from computer science and management, on how to get published in academic journals. Recently, she has taken a rather significant and onerous task of mentoring the start-ups, thereby boosting their confidence and success.
A skilled HR Generalist with a PhD in Social Science, Dr. Golwalkar has earned degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration.
She is an avid writer, photographer and nature lover besides being a critical observer.
O. Favour Nzeakor is a Policy Research Fellow at the Center for Criminology & Public Policy, India. Before occupying this position, he taught at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria, with crime, violence and security as his areas of competencies. He was trained in sociology, social work, anthropology, and criminology at the University of Nigeria, one of the premier universities in Nigeria, where he is currently concluding his PhD thesis on cybercrime and victimization.
Favour has a keen interest in studying crime and criminal justice systems from comparative perspectives. As a social science researcher, he has participated in a number of field studies, wherein he was responsible for collecting, editing, analyzing qualitative data. He is currently part of a research team which is involved in investigating the rising incidents of online child sexual grooming in Africa.
Favour has always been passionate about publishing in journals and policy magazines, and believes that research should be used as a force to create a positive impact on the society. His most recent work (on cyber crime awareness!) has appeared in an international journal brought out by South Asian Society of Criminology & Victimology. By joining the Center, and engaging with its scholarships, he aims to boost his publication record and learn practical intelligence in putting ideas to work.
Favour has also served as an administrator besides functioning as polio vaccination supervisor, for both local and international organizations including WHO.
- Cybercrime and Victimization
- Integrity of Criminal Justice System
- Survey Data Collection and Analytics
- Noncustodial and Custodial Correctional System
- Information Society and its Sociological Implications
Leah Cleghorn is an international participant in the Young Criminologist Development Program run by CCPP. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminology from the University of Kent, United Kingdom, while also functioning as an Instructor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, where she lectures on topics such as Gender and Crime, Crime, Justice and Public Policy and Research Methods.
Prior to this, she worked with the Ministry of National Security in Trinidad and Tobago as Research Specialist and was subsequently appointment to the position of Statistical Analyst under the same Ministry. While there, she was responsible for developing national policies to tackle the problems of money laundering, terrorist financing and drug trafficking. Leah has also worked with voluntary organizations that provide support for people leaving prisons, assisting them in evaluating the rules and policies related to probation, reentry and re-integration. She has participated in a number of consultancies related to crime prevention and policing in Trinidad and Tobago besides serving as co-investigator on a grant-project that focused on children and internet safety.
Leah holds an MPhil in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, UK and secured her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Kent, UK. She has also earned a graduate diploma in Law from the BPP University College at Waterloo, London.
- Administration of Criminal Justice
- Access to Justice
- Legal Responses to Gender Based Violence
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.
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. .
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.