Welcome to the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV)

The South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) is an international association founded to nurture criminology and victimology in countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, and Nepal. Academics, researchers and practitioners worldwide have joined hands to establish SASCV and share of best practices in the context of South Asia. Literature, religion and cultural practices of this region demonstrate a traditionally rich understanding of criminology and victimology in this region. South Asian literature is replete with stories of victim justice and restorative practices. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and various Tribal religions played a great role with regard to the concept of justice and non-violence, both at individual and community level.

Colonial period introduced a new and formal centralized criminal justice system dismantling the then existing idea of justice. The 20th century saw the establishment of new states where ethnic, religious, linguistic, caste, communal, tribal and other identities played a role in institution of constitutions and in the legal sphere of criminal and victim justice. Today, South Asian countries face acute problems of corruption, criminal violence, terrorism, extremism, poverty, environmental degradation, white collar/cyber crimes, violations of human rights, state sponsored terrorism, crime against humanity, individual and collective victimization. In this backdrop, the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) has emerged as a novel initiative to assist countries in criminal justice policy making and support victims of crime and abuse of power. We welcome anyone who shares our goals as members.

OBJECTIVES OF SASCV
The South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology shall:

  • serve as an international impartial, non-political and non-profit making association whose purpose is to promote Criminology and Victimology in the South Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives, and Nepal). These includes promoting educational programmes in criminology and victimology, finding job avenues for graduates in criminology, creating new centers/departments of criminology in universities and colleges and research centers in victimology  and advise the governments of South Asian region on policy issues on crime,  justice and victimization.

  • function in close collaboration with other national and international bodies, thereby encouraging the most efficient use of available resources.

  • provide a scientific exchange among its members and others by collecting and disseminating information through publications, correspondence, exhibits, regional and international seminars, symposia, conferences and otherwise.

  • advise, encourage, promote and when requested, assist in efforts to co-ordinate or guide research, development and evaluation activities related to criminology and victimology throughout the South Asian region.

  • advise, guide and support the efforts of those responsible for the criminal justice system and when requested, correlate these activities throughout the South Asian region.

  • advise, encourage, guide and support the efforts of those responsible for the education and training of criminologists and victimologists and professionals allied to criminology/ victimology (Criminal Justice Officials) and when requested, correlate these activities throughout the South Asian region.

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