From Addict to Convict: The Working of the NDPS Act (1985) in Punjab

Reports by Judicial Reform · August 23, 2018
Author(s): Neha Singhal, Arpita Mitra and Kaushiki Sanyal

Vidhi released it’s study ‘From Addict to Convict: The Working of the NDPS Act (1985) in Punjab’ on 22nd Aug, 2018.  The report evaluates the effectiveness of the NDPS Act in Punjab by analysing 13,350 NDPS cases across 18 districts in Punjab.

The report has some compelling findings on how the NDPS Act has failed to meet its twin objectives of deterrence and rehabilitation in Punjab where drug offences continue unabated.The report also highlights on the effectiveness of deterrent punishments, criminalizing drug consumption, the need to adopt a public health approach towards addiction, coordination between relevant Ministries, and the need for requisite legislative and policy change.

Click the following links to download the report

Volume I (English) | Volume I (Punjabi)

Volume II (English | Volume II (Punjabi)

About Neha Singhal:

Neha Singhal is a Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi. She was the Deputy Director of the Death Penalty Research Project. She has worked on the report titled “The Working of The NDPS Act in Punjab”.

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About Kaushiki Sanyal: