Why Is The Indian Police Service A Failure?

A great politician as well as freedom fighter once said that the civil service in India is neither civil nor is it a service. People might argue that this had been said for the Indian Civil Service that had existed before the Indian Independence, dominated by the British administration. However, the facts in front of us today do not present a very different picture.

The Indian government should take major steps to overhaul a policing system that facilitates and even encourages human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released recently.The 118-page report, "Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse and Impunity in the Indian Police," documents a range of human rights violations committed by police, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and extrajudicial killings. The report is based on interviews with more than 80 police officers of varying ranks, 60 victims of police abuses, and numerous discussions with experts and civil society activists. It documents the failings of state police forces that operate outside the law, lack sufficient ethical and professional standards, are overstretched and outmatched by criminal elements, and unable to cope with increasing demands and public expectations. Field research was conducted in 19 police stations in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, and the capital, Delhi.

The encounter of Vikas Dubey, gangster in Uttar Pradesh, has also led to various queries. People are asking simple facts regarding the incident but as usual the Police is unable to answer ,e.g, the car got overturned on a flat road, videos taken in the morning suggest that the accused was in a different car altogether, the media had been prohibited to go beyond a certain point-three kilometres from where the “incident” took place, etc. Moreover, this is not just one case, it has been reported that in the last 5 years there have

been around 800 fake encounters in UP alone.The number of deaths of people in the custody of the Indian police are staggering. Between April 2017 and February 2018, India recorded a staggering 1,674 custodial deaths, a rate of five custodial deaths per day, according to statistics placed by the Home Ministry before the Rajya Sabha.The Status of Policing in India Report 2019 by Common Cause and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies reveals disturbing trends on police prejudice. About two in five of the police personnel surveyed in Bihar, and one in five in six other states, had never received human rights training.This is just a drop of water in the entire sea.

What is very difficult to understand here is that all these services includes officials with very high intellect, but still their governance is worse than many under developed countries. There is absolutely no sense of duty. Several instances have come up where these officials have agreed to go to any extent just for money, fame and power. Today, the majority of civil services aspirants do not have any sense of devotion towards their country, all they want is the luxury. It is their pathetic lust for success: success which does not involve any contribution to the betterment of the country.

The worst part is that even after knowing these facts many people blindly go on glorifying the police. They argue that if there had not been police for even one day then the entire country would have been in a state of turmoil, which is absolutely true. The problem is that we do not agree that it is their “duty”. As respectable citizens of the country we deserve the police, our taxes help them survive and it is our complete right to question their flaws and prevent them from doing whatever they like. They are PUBLIC SERVANTS, they do not have PUBLIC AS THEIR SERVANTS.

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