Project 39A is inspired by Article 39-A of the Indian Constitution, a provision that furthers the intertwined values of equal justice and equal opportunity by removing economic and social barriers. These are constitutional values of immense importance given the manner in which multiple disparities intersect to exclude vast sections of our society from effectively accessing justice. 





39A Podcast [Episode 2]

In the second episode, we interview film critic and journalist, Tanul Thakur who discusses Bollywood’s depiction of law and justice. We discuss the idea of the justice system as represented in mainstream Hindi cinema.
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Mental Illness, Sentencing and the Death Penalty

1st June 2019, Maitreyi Misra and Neetika Vishwanath

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Time has Come for India to Kill the Death Penalty

15th May 2019, Anup Surendranath

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Dr. Shekhar P. Seshadri, Professor, Department of Child and Adolscent Psychiatry, National Institutie of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore introduces us to the various facets of child sexual abuse in India. Dr. Seshadri discusses different forms of child sexual abuse and the conspiracy of silence around it.

Professor Vijay Raghavan, Centre for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai responds to popular conceptions about prisons in India. Drawing on over 25 years of experience engaging with the criminal justice system, Professor Raghavan provides an interesting take on issues of reformation, prison expenditure & the overall conditions of prisoners in India.



Matters of Judgment is a study of judges’ opinions on the death penalty. It is an in-depth examination of the factors influencing judicial thinking on the death penalty. 60 former judges were interviewed as their invaluable experience provided insights into the workings of the criminal justice system.