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 4]

In this episode of the 39A Podcast, Maitreyi Misra from Project 39A, National Law University, Delhi, interviews Dr. Soumitra Pathare, consultant psychiatrist and Director, Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, ILS, Pune. In this conversation, we explore the criminal justice system's misconceived approach to issues of mental health and the misconceptions surrounding persons with mental illness implicated in it.

The Punishing State

15th July 2019, Neetika Vishwanath

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Shakti Mills Rape Verdict Ignores the Proportionality Principle

22nd July 2019, Ninni Susan Thomas

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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.