I last wrote about police reforms over two years ago. In the past two years, we have had a number of fairly high profile crimes that remain unresolved. Meanwhile, RAB continues to be a serial human rights abuser, with abduction replacing ‘crossfires’ as its preferred method of ‘law enforecement’. And amidst all the noise about the collapsing law and order, I haven’t heard anyone seriously discuss police reforms.
Which is a shame, because a recent research paper by MIT’s Abhijit Banerjee and colleagues show that there are some reasonably low hanging fruits available to any government serious about reforming the police.