The writer is chairman, Indian Police Foundation.
The scandalous chain of events following the Ambani security incident has exposed the long-established nexus in Maharashtra between politicians, bureaucrats, police and criminals
However, the force lives in the shadow of the discredited colonial model of policing, which needs reform
We must, without further delay, build an environment where police becomes an instrument of service to the people, where monsters like Dubey do not thrive and become a menace to society.
Perhaps, a new chapter is opening — which reveals a police that is more sensitive and humane, people-friendly and committed to the committed to the rule of law. This transformation would, however, need the support of the people, of the media and, above all, the legislators and parliamentarians.
The police are, no doubt, to blame for not being able to function in an objective and impartial manner. There is definitely a failure of leadership also. But can political parties across the spectrum escape the blame for continuing to use the police as an instrument to further their political agenda?
The government, in retrospect, appears to have seriously miscalculated the fallout of the CAA. It either was not aware of the depth of Muslim resentment or was not bothered about it and was confident of being able to weather any storm.
State institutions have been complicit in denying justice to the victim.
It is also high time that the government thinks of bringing police in the Concurrent List. Police problems were simpler and of a local nature when the Constitution was framed. Since then, the pattern of crime and the dimensions of law and order problems have undergone a sea change.
More than 35,000 policemen have sacrificed their lives since Independence. In no other country, policemen die in the performance of their duties in such large numbers. And yet, an average policeman finds that he is getting brickbats, proverbially and physically, most of the time.
It is indeed a tragedy that while the country is forging ahead in different spheres to build a new India, its policing remains mired in a colonial structure. The Acts passed by the states are crude attempts to circumvent the implementation of judicial directions.
In the recent showdown, both CBI and West Bengal police acted as pawns of their political masters.
The CBI needs to undergo structural reforms to do its job well.
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The police force needs to be freed from the stranglehold of the executive and given functional autonomy to enforce the rule of law. The Supreme Court’s directions can help achieve this transformation.
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