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Use common sense,not archaic laws: Maha DGP

A day before he retires,Maharashtra’s police chief cautioned against the Vasant Dhoble style of moral policing,saying law enforcers must act with “common sense” and not force “archaic laws” on people

Written by Smita Nair | Mumbai | Published: July 31, 2012 12:13:14 am

A day before he retires,Maharashtra’s police chief cautioned against the Vasant Dhoble style of moral policing,saying law enforcers must act with “common sense” and not force “archaic laws” on people.

“Senior police inspectors must understand that enforcement of law is meant to uphold human rights. One cannot take cover under archaic laws and force a society to enforce it. Don’t always say legislature. Society doesn’t expect police to bulldoze under the cover of law. (A) good officer,in fact,is one who does policing with abundant common sense,” Director-General of Police K Subramanyam told The Indian Express on Monday.

Over the last seven months,Assistant Commissioner of Police Vasant Dhoble has become the face of a moral policing campaign in Mumbai after he began raiding pubs,bars and discotheques.

Even in his parting address to the police force on Monday,Subramanyam chose to touch upon moral policing. The “police’s biggest duty continues to be towards society and not to make judgements on them”,he said at an official farewell ceremony.

It was important for police to be people-friendly to ensure that they got good ground-level intelligence,said the outgoing chief.

“Today,the biggest challenge for us is ground intelligence. Better the public relations,better the information the force gets. In a situation like ours,we cannot afford to invest in modernisation and such other aspects until we get a grip on people’s perception. We need to put our minds and efforts into such larger concepts and ensure that the lowest functionary,and also the most vast resource of constabulary is utilised,” Subramanyam said.

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