1st Edition

Implementation of Rights for Crime Victims in Theory and Practice Lessons from India

By Anupama Sharma Copyright 2025
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    There are many different ways in which victims’ rights can be implemented. The implementation pattern may vary depending on the type of rights a jurisdiction offers and the purposes it seeks to achieve via these rights. However, there are a few basic aspects that remain common to the variation in the implementation patterns across jurisdictions. This book provides a theoretical and practical overview of such implementation patterns, their features and underlying differences. It presents theoretical models capturing the different types of implementations of victims’ rights and the purposes that they can achieve. The book also offers a framework comprising of the essential aspects involved in implementation of rights such as drafting and presentation, their visibility and accessibility to victims, enforcement of rights in case of breach, assessment and evaluation of rights to ensure constant monitoring and improvement in implementation. The framework is tested by a sample case study in New Delhi, India which showcases how the framework can be moulded and applied to assess the existing implementation of victims’ rights and the scope for reform. The book will be of interest to those working in the areas of Criminal Justice, Criminal Procedure, Victimology and Human Rights.

    1. Introduction;  Part I: Theoretical Underpinnings on Victims’ Rights Purposes and Models;  2. Exploring Purposes of Victims’ Rights;  3. Theoretical Modelling of Victims’ Rights and Fulfilment of Purposes; Part II: Building the Framework to assess the implementation of Victims’ Rights: In Practice;  4. Indicators constituting the implementation of victims’ rights;  Part III: Applying the Framework to assess implementation: A Sample Case Study;  5. Empirical Analysis based on the Commitment Indicator;  6. Empirical Analysis based on the Actionability Indicator;  7. Empirical Analysis based on the Assessment Indicator;  8. Conclusion


    Anupama Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Law at the National Law School of India University, India.