India scores a mixed bag

According to a new study that ranks countries on how the rule of law is experienced by citizens, India figures in the top 50 countries in the world for an effective criminal justice system.

  • The study is named “The Rule of Law Index 2015” and is released by the U.S.-based World Justice project. It analysed 102 countries worldwide using a survey of over a 1,000 respondents from three big cities, along with local legal experts, in each country.
  • It measures how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations using 47 indicators across eight categories — constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

Details of the Study:

  • According to the Index, India’s overall rule of law performance places it in the third position out of six countries in the South Asian region, 10th out of 25 among lower middle income countries, and 59th out of 102 countries worldwide.
  • The top overall performer in Index 2015 was Denmark while in the South Asia region, the top performer was Nepal.
  • India’s performance for criminal justice places it at 44 rank globally, Number 1 in South Asia and number 4 among lower middle income countries.
  • The ranking in civil justice for India is 88 globally, third in South Asia and 19th among lower middle income countries.
  • India ranks high in the category of Open Government, placing it 37th globally and at three among lower middle income countries.
  • In the category of order and security, India is placed at 90 worldwide, fourth in South Asia and 20 among lower middle income countries.

Sources: The Hindu.

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