MHA approves study to analyze radicalization phenomena, recommends changes in UAPA
The Home Office (MHA) has approved a study to analyze radicalization in India, suggest practical solutions to remedy and / or prevent the problem and also indicate how the Illicit Activities (Prevention) Act can be amended.
The study ‘Status of Radicalization in India: An Exploratory Study of Prevention and Remedies’ will be conducted under the direction of GS Bajpai, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, who is also a Registrar at the National Law University.
According to Bajpai, the study will focus on the radicalization process, its actors, will target young people and will likely take place in four states such as Maharashtra, Assam, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir, where cases of radicalization have been reported.
Currently, there is no clear definition of radicalization in the legal system. Based on the study’s findings, Bajpai said changes to the UAPA Law will be suggested to the government.
“This study is about the state of radicalization in India. This study will analyze the pattern and dynamics of radicalization. In addition, we will study the actors of radicalization and how they target young people, ”Bajpai told ANI.
“Third, we will study who the vulnerable targets are. These goals are selectively identified by radicalization actors. Fourth, we are interested in the idea of de-radicalization. We need the plan to counter radicalization, ”Bajpai said.
Providing suggestions to amend the UAPA Act based on the study’s findings, Bajpai said: “We will also critically review current legal aspects, primarily the UAPA Act. We would study to define radicalization and de-radicalization ”.
“Approximately 75 radicalized individuals, those in the process of de-radicalization and de-radicalized individuals will be sampled from each state. Similarly, 75 officials from law enforcement agencies, correctional services officials and judges from each state will be interviewed, ”Bajpai said.
“Finally, approximately 50 family members of the individuals, psychologists, psychosocial workers, counselors, religious and community leaders from each state will be sampled,” he added.