Source: (2001) London: Restorative Justice Consortium. 12(4):311-332.

Realisation of mistake, admittance of guilt and forgiveness are some of the essential requirements of restorative justice. The present Indian criminal justice system – a hangover of the colonial times – hardly bears any semblance to instances of restorative justice or forgiveness of the ancient times or the modern ones outside the formal system. This article summarises a few such instances. (excerpt)