Locations: Mumbai, Thane, Latur and Bharuch

Sponsor: The Tata Trusts, The Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Tata Motors, HT Parekh Foundation, Balaji Foundation, Individuals and Corporates

Prayas Team

Prayas is a social work demonstration project of the Center for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, established in 1990. Prayas focus is on service delivery, networking, training, research and documentation, and policy change with respect to the custodial/institutional rights and rehabilitation of socio-economically vulnerable individuals and groups. To this end, permission to visit criminal justice or custodial institutions and interact with persons detained or confined in police stations, prisons and government residential institutions in Maharashtra and Gujarat has been obtained from the Departments of Prisons and Women and Child Development


To contribute knowledge and insight to the current understanding of aspects of CJS policy and process in India- with specific reference to socio-economically vulnerable and excluded communities, groups and individuals who are at greater risk of being criminalised, or exposed to trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Geographical coverage

  • Prisons in Mumbai, Thane and Bharuch Districts
  • Government Protective Home for women rescued from sexually exploitative situations in Mumbai
  • Courts and legal aid systems in Mumbai, Thane and Bharuch

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