There have been various cases of police brutality in India. Be it the Jalianwala bagh massacre in 1919 during British raj or be it the custodial death of a father and son duo recently in June 2020, police brutality sees no end anytime soon. If it’s not controlled by the government, people will soon lose faith in the khaki uniform.
Policemen are meant to protect you, not thrash you
It is unfortunate when people fear the police rather than finding solace in them. These Khakee warriors are appointed to provide protection to the common people. They must take care of all the problems that common people have and help them as far as possible. From allowing them to file complaints even in smaller matters to investigating the bigger crime scene, police must always be open to helping the common people. But it is not the same here in India. We get to see many such instances every now and then where news of police brutality comes up rather than their supportive nature.
The list of brutality cases continue
In April 1919 and December 1930, before the independence occurred, police brutality came to light for the first time. The first being the Jalianwala bagh incident where police killed almost 400 people and 1500 more got injured. The latter was when one of the independence activists Babu Genu was crushed to death by a truck in the order of police. The next incident took place in independent India in the year 1966 where an Oriya ruler was killed. After that several such incidents kept on happening in the years 1980 (31 killed), 1982 (1 killed), 1987 (42 killed), 1994 (6 killed and a few women raped), 1999 (17 killed), 2003 (5 killed) and the list continues to recent times till the year 2020.
Misuse of power and political support makes it worse
These brutalities occur time and again because the power that is given to the policemen is tremendous. In addition to it, they also have a political backup which makes it worse for the common men to deal with. Often they get away committing such brutalities without having to face lawful consequences for it. This is what needs to stop sooner so that such brutalities do not happen so often.
The PolicyTimes suggestion
- When your protector becomes your intimidator, it becomes a very tough situation to control. Likewise, when the policemen who are entitled to protect you show brutality towards you, there is nothing you can do. But the government can! There must be strict laws against the policemen who behave brutally with common people.
- As far as encounters of heinous criminals are concerned, police can take the law in their hands and kill them. But they must not be too brutal to the common men and the prisoners or convicted criminals. They must retort to the course of action taken by the justice authorities.
- The Supreme Court must pass an order to stop police brutality in India and cite punishment to the on-duty policemen in cases of severe brutality.