Uttar Pradesh’s Sorry Record Of Custodial Deaths

The issue of custodial and encounter deaths have come back into focus in light of the Ishrat Jahan controversy. The controversy surrounds the 2004 killing of a 19-year-old girl by the Gujarat state police, allegedly in a fake encounter.   While custodial deaths are periodically reported, the numbers, in aggregate, are indeed worrying. Particularly, in … Continued

India’s Biggest Bribe Takers; Police, Registry & Permits

  Highlights * Almost 71% people surveyed by Transparency International feels corruption has increased in India *68% people think anti-corruption policies are ineffective *54% Indians said they have paid a bribe while dealing with public services – double the global average of 27%   The task of fixing corruption in India can often seem like … Continued

Rich-Poor Gap Widens In Urban & Rural India

  Highlights * The median monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) increased 33% in rural areas and 34% in urban areas between 2009-10 and 2011-12. * While rural households are spending more on healthcare, urban households are spending more on transportation. * Food is accounting for lower spends in both rural and urban areas. Spending on … Continued