CCJS Brown Bag Lecture - Policing in South Asia
Mohammed Kashem, a former Maryland graduate student,will be giving a brownbag lecture titled ‘Policing in South Asia.’ Professor Kashem is Fulbright Scholar, and currently an Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Social Science Group at the National University, Bangladesh. He has spent the last 15 years working in criminal justice and criminology education and research in Bangladesh. This lecture will provide a critical overview of the policing in South Asia both in their historical and contemporary development.
Policing in these countries were founded on the “Indian Police Act of 1861” which was enacted more than 150 years ago by the British colonial government remained largely applicable in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh with some modifications. However, the main focus of the presentation will be Bangladesh. Evidence suggests that despite many reform efforts the basic structure and nature of policing in this region did not change significantly even in the post-independence period. In presenting the police systems in the region the ongoing reform process will be addressed. Also, various problematic issues of policing such as politicization, accountability, brutality, and corruption will be discussed.Specifically, the policing process and the problems being faced by these countries will be highlighted. While discussing the various policing issues in South Asia, some comparisons will be made with the U.S. policing systems as well.