Muslims think we are communal, corrupt: Police

3 DGPs flag trust-deficit among Muslims, urge Centre to take measures to change image of police.

Written by Smita Nair | Mumbai | Updated: July 17, 2014 9:37 am
Police Personnels beat a muslim man during the Mumbai riots of 93 at Gowandi. (Source: Express Photo by Mukesh Parpiani) Police Personnels beat a muslim man during the Mumbai riots of 93 at Gowandi. (Source: Express Photo by Mukesh Parpiani)

In what is perhaps the first admission of its kind, the police have concluded that there is a trust deficit among Muslims, who see them as “communal, biased and insensitive…. ill-informed, corrupt and lacking professionalism”.

A report, “Strategy for making police forces more sensitive towards minority sections”, prepared by three DGPs — Sanjeev Dayal of Maharashtra, Deoraj Nagar of Uttar Pradesh and K Ramanujam of Tamil Nadu — along with an Intelligence Bureau representative, says that the distrust comes from poor representation of minorities in the forces and the conduct of some policemen during riots.

“Poor representation of the minorities in the police forces has contributed to this distrust and suspicion. It has to be admitted that the conduct of some members of the police forces in various states during communal riots had only served to strengthen and heighten these suspicions and distrust in the minority communities,” it says.

Saying that Muslims form the largest minority, constituting “a vocal and large section of the population” in most states, the report calls for urgent correction of the perception in the community about the police as it “impinges on the communal situation of the country and thus its internal security”.

Presented at the 2013 DGs’ conference in New Delhi, the report is currently with the Central government, awaiting action. It is primarily aimed at providing the framework for a Standard Operating Procedure to prevent communal riots.

It also wants a Community Policing Plan by all states, which should be internalised and become a SOP.

The report recommends training as an important part in bringing “attitudinal changes in the police at all ranks”. Recommending several steps, including outreach programmes and forming specialised wings to combat rumours and instigation through social media, it says the first move should be to break the bias within.

“As a first step it is very necessary for the police leadership to admit that the problem exists and acknowledge that there is a need for correction within us,” it says. “We cannot afford to lose time in correcting the perception as the present perception is adversely affecting several vital aspects of policing, including combating terror, and thus maintaining the internal security of the country.”

Along with the corrective measures in training and policing, the report suggests setting two important wings across all the states. It recommends creation of a specialised cyber wing, just to track rumours and misuse of social media to “instigate communal emotions”. The wing, the report says, should be under the \government’s cyber security arm CERT, with state police forces taking decisions on training and its working.

Another wing, which the group recommends, is a professional public relations unit to deal with dissemination of information about sensitive law and order issues.

The report through various episodes outlines the need to develop an early warning system, which will look into communal tension, and also pick on communal elements. Calling for a non-discriminatory SOP to handle communal riots, the report specifically says “only trusted and tested police officers, who have earned the trust of the community, should be placed in communally sensitive places”.

Along with SOP is a comprehensive monitoring system, through which “rabid elements” in all religions are constantly monitored, and their speeches and agitation videographed and recorded. The report also suggests the need for a “legal machinery” to prevent the movement and visits of such elements to communally charged places. The police currently only have the Indian Penal Code to stop people from unlawful assembly, which officials feel is insufficient.

The report also suggests special laws to check activities of fundamentalist groups. “Tamil Nadu has enacted amendments to its law to ban drills with or without arms particularly when wearing uniform or dress which can create confusion that such groups are members of police or paramilitary or armed forces of the Union,” the report says.

It also calls for each state government to look for mechanisms to check on funding by religious groups which can be misused, and also create special courts to look at communal riots.

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  1. A
    Jul 17, 2014 at 1:26 am
    If they were communal why would they let people like Haji Mastan, Dawoood Ibrahim, and Karim Lala flourish?
    1. S
      Jul 17, 2014 at 12:29 am
      First of all, I commend these gentlemen for making the effort to honestly address the perception issues. Recognizing the problem is half the battle. This gives me great hope.I would like to add one thing. My guess is that most of the perception on insensitivity, corruption, un-professionalism is probably also shared by non-muslim community as well. But this might be worth surveying.Keep up the attempt towards self-improvement,
      1. N
        Jul 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm
        Even in London and Sweden the muslims feel that their police is biased against them and do not trust them at all. Infact, there are certain regions in London and Oslo which are a no-go area for the local police, and even fire brigade. Problem is muslims do not trust anyone and like to cultivate a false notion that they are being vicitmized. Quran forbids muslims from trusting and mingling with non-muslims. The verses in Quran which states this are - 3:118, 4:144, 5:51.
        1. A
          Abdul Aziz
          Jul 17, 2014 at 8:59 am
          This is Absolutely correct, Muslims think Police are communal, corrupt , insensitive. Young Muslim men are often jailed for long periods on cooked terror charges after very bomb blasts, with fabricated & false evidence. Police running media trials of Muslim accused, declare them guilty without even a court trial.
          1. D
            Jul 17, 2014 at 6:56 am
            Report says minority think Police “communal, biased and insensitive…. ill-informed, corrupt and lacking professionalism”. "Think" is very mild word - actually its reality. Can anyone enlight these DGPs that common men other than minority also know about the same because they are actually the same. Need a sincere push on police reform as per supreme court directive. Thanks
            1. G
              Jul 17, 2014 at 6:24 am
              policemen are corrupt. the entire country knows that.what are these DGPs complaining about?they're merely doing PR; on the ground, every policewala will extract as much money and abuse his power as much as he possibly can without ever facing any consequencesdian policemen are criminals protected by law. nobody expects them to defend justice.
              1. G
                G Shah
                Jul 17, 2014 at 3:12 am
                POTA & TADA where all jailed are Muslim "terrorists" who decades later are discharged after their lives have been destro.Encounters and riots where the police either sides with RSS or actively shoots dead muslims (eg Meerut).official State policy of not hiring Muslims in sensitive positions along.Social media policing and hate speech laws applied to prevent protests / complaints by Muslims.What else were you hoping than trust deficit? I think that the police are far too deep in it that anything can be done now. Will they hire more Muslims, that would be appeat. Will they stop applying the dreaded NSA type laws on young Muslims, that would be against national interest. Will they ...Pointless window dressing.
                1. H
                  Jul 17, 2014 at 4:42 am
                  Victimhood is deeply ingrained in Marxists and Mohammedans. Even if your are perfect, they will complain. Ask Nouri al-Maliki.
                  1. H
                    Jul 17, 2014 at 1:12 am
                    Wonder why they should only be worried about Muslims?Everyone 'knows' (not only thinks) that police are corrupt. The topmost police jobs are allotted by politicians for pliability or through an auction! Not much happens with police without paying bribes. And with sufficient bribes, even an Aston-martin that crashes three cars can get away.Muslims are upset? They can wait in the queue - All of Indians are upset with Police (and govt. officers in general).
                    1. T
                      Jul 17, 2014 at 1:21 am
                      An unfortunate consequence of Muslim appeat has been the community crying we-are-victimized, and law and order agencies cannot act against them even when it is obvious that the perpetrators were drawn from that community. What have the politicians achieved? Votes! What has the society achieved? A scared police force that cannot ert itself to restore peace and law-breakers go scot-fee.
                      1. K
                        Jul 17, 2014 at 11:56 pm
                        Muslims will have hard time supporting this claim because if one looks around the globe whether it be stan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, etc Muslims are doing Jihad against other religions. It is proven that Muslims do not get along with other religions any where in the globe. Bad thing is Muslims always blame others for their short givings. India is the only democratic country where they enjoy full freedom.
                        1. G
                          Gangu true
                          Jul 17, 2014 at 5:31 am
                          In UP you are all Yadav. In Maharashtra, you are all Maratha. 75% of you are either SC/ST/OBC Maratha or Yadav. That means 75% of you are communal. What is wrong if 25% of the rest think you are communal? For corruption, they are certainly in error. There are much more corrupt people in other governance than you are. In that you rank very low. For changing image, start with hiring. Become equal opprtunity employer for all citizens of all castes and religions. Hire 50% women.
                          1. M
                            Mohammed Khader
                            Jul 17, 2014 at 5:38 am
                            It is fact, watch these cops during riots, they will support the majority not the minority.
                            1. L
                              Jul 18, 2014 at 4:30 am
                              Ulta chor kotwaal ko daantey? All preechers from this community are criminals who teach only violence and murder.
                              1. M
                                Jul 17, 2014 at 3:24 am
                                This, in my earnest opinion is the most important social happening ever. And most earnestly I hope this hits that kindred nerve in all.All friends -- not just in India, but everywhere -- need to publicize this rare event in our history.
                                1. M
                                  Jul 17, 2014 at 3:34 am
                                  UPA govt calls minority favour govt sleeping on the matter???what the media is doing????
                                  1. H
                                    Jul 17, 2014 at 8:30 am
                                    Yes this is the ROOT CAUSE of problems of minorities. Im sorry to say that if the majority community stage dharna or protest they will be treated with water canons, if the same by the minority community then FIRING, LATHI CHARGE, BIASED ARREST, TORTURE, DEATH IN CUSTODY, FAKE ENCOUNTERS of innocents are staged in the name of national security, as if minority community is not the citizens of India. We are born here and we love our Country may be more than anyone else.
                                    1. P
                                      Jul 17, 2014 at 5:54 am
                                      If police is doing their work right, this question of image would not arise. They are talking of treating a symptom, not a disease.
                                      1. R
                                        Jul 17, 2014 at 3:48 am
                                        its the media more than the police that gives a wrong impression about the police with respect to the affected irrespective of the caste or community.But some minority communities want to attract global attention to show India in a poor light and its where the notorious ISI cashes in.
                                        1. R
                                          Ram Rahim
                                          Jul 17, 2014 at 7:51 am
                                          Muslims are the most communal people on the earth. They are taught from day 1 to be communal and hate all others who are not muslims and encouraged to kill them. The world is seeing the big Islamic drama. Police need not change but the Muslims.
                                          1. R
                                            Jul 17, 2014 at 4:52 am
                                            Why just the Muslims, even non-Marati Hindus do not trust Mumbai police.
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