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New Delhi: 'Unfriendly police' make 75 per cent of population hesitant to report crimes

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New Delhi, Nov 9: Around 75 per cent of people in India avoid reporting crimes as they are not comfortable with the way the police behave with complainants, especially women and people from marginalised sections.

A study on "Non-registration of crimes: Problems and solutions" conducted by a team led by Dr Arvind Tiwari of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, for the Bureau of Police Research and Development(BPR&D), highlights the need to improve treatment of women complainants. Recently a 19 year old IAS aspirant from Bhopal who had visited the station to file a gang rape case was mocked by the police for making up a filmy story, the study notes.

Complaints from people belonging to marginalized sections of the society are often “overlooked”. Around 33 per cent of their complaints were either registered as non-cognisable offences and 25 per cent as daily diary (DD) entries.

The study highlights that less than 10 per cent crimes are being registered, if the non-registration of crimes is calculated.

The main reasons for non-registration of crimes are the linking of crime statistics by police functionaries to performance appraisals.

Political influence is another reason which makes police reluctant in registering crimes. The crime graphs have had a negative impact on the performance of police and also the governments in power. In certain states, the political executives openly insist on non-registration of crimes in order to show lower rate on the graph.

To make political influence evident, the research cites the example of BSP leader Mayawati who said as Chief Minister she had suspended senior officers for inability to control crime. “There was a tradition to touch feet of a person in authority or senior in rank (in UP police). In police stations also, generally complainants as well as accused were found touching feet of sub-inspector and SHO,” the study reads.

Dilemma of cognisable and non-cognisable nature of offences and general public's ignorance about the difference between them, have victims holding grudge against the police for reducing the gravity of their cases.

Also, the increase in workload and lack of adequate manpower has impacted the performance of the police. The cops are hesitant in registering crimes, in order to avoid more workload.

The study states that governments spend less money on police which has caused shortage of staff, infrastructure and transport. Nearly 50 per cent cases registered end in acquittals due to this.

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 10 2017

    There are various reasons for failure in our police system.

    1. Police reforms is need of the hour.
    2. They need to be trained in respect of psychology and technology based investigation.
    3. They also need to be trained to deal with people and given adequate legal knowledge.
    4. Political interference and corruption need to be weeded out. But this is a difficult challenge.
    5. Police need to be compensated well for the services they render. We need to understand that they are 24/7 executives.

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  • Jd, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 10 2017

    The lower cadre of police just wear the uniform for the salary.. Largely. They have very little knowledge of justice, their duty, empowerment to maintain social order. They often show undue toughness and lack humanity.

    And they play along with politicians, rich and powerful oppressors, unethical people. All this for money, right posting and whatever.

    And their higher up officers, they show their objectivity, command and concern when one goes to them but to bring in a change.. They have no time or no means.

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  • Rampanna, Udupi

    Fri, Nov 10 2017

    And yet the police seems to have all the time and resources to chase people for comments made on face book and whattsapp.
    Isn't it also a high time that the Law Commission looks at our criminal code and get rid of several bunch of laws which absolutely makes no sense in 21st century. For example:
    • Why should the Government agencies and public servants have the right to file cases against members of the public for defamation in relation to matters of their official function? The system is all powerful and will claim any form of dissent as "defamation".
    • Why should a charge of sedition be applied against an individual or an organisation if no arms or actual violence is involved? What is the "crime" when a bunch of people speak against Government action/inaction but do not engage in violence?
    • And this whole bunch of laws dealing with “hurting the sentiments” is absurd beyond any logic. If any person is hurt by the words used by another person, that person needs to visit a shrink, then to hold the orator a criminal. Do people of political party and religious group have a special right to get offended?

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  • NN, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 10 2017

    Who will change the age old British era Civil Service Code in India. Under this law, it takes a dynamite to remove the corrupt government servants from the service. Things will change drastically, if the Civil Service rules are amended to align with the civil society. Sometimes a normal person think it is better not to report the crime and get harassed by the some low class uncivilized rogues,

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 10 2017

    Friendly Police are not Affective 😎😎😎

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Nov 10 2017

    Police in India have no good name .They do also to defame their own name.I find it very bad to hit anyone without mercy suppose one is found guilty or anyone comes to complain,speaks against police.Horrible.How many people have died due to their harassment later,?but instead fo admitting their fault,just saying something else. Poor people have have no chance against these kakhiwalas.In alcohol business ,hotels ,brewers they cash merciless .without bhakshis no go.looting people.whereas here in Germany police are not allowed even a murder to touch,leave alone beating.suppose he scolds him or make pressure to give wrong decisions ,he will be dismissed..Of course during a krawall they have to conduct the necessary proceedures.They have also the status of a officer.Suppose they go against the rules,then their pension is considered less and job too is not sure.Of course there are Police who dance out of the line,but less comparing to indias.Hope in future our indian police will improve their image.Hopes die always last.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    True fact..

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  • santhu, Mumbai/udupi

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    one can hardly find genuine police now a days.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    It is indeed unfortunate that the Police who are supposed to be the guardians of the public turn into exploiters.

    In U.S.A., I have observed that generally THE POLICE ARE PEOPLE FRIENDLY. Even when there is a traffic offence, I have seen the cop going to the person concerned and say in a gentle tone . Sir I am sorry that you have been driving faster than the the prescribed speed limit. I have to book you....... and then the cop says good morning or good evening and tells the person to have a nice day.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    police r waiting in police station 2 catch some1 filing case & da accused 2 take money from both.

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    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    First of all my salute to some police officers who are real heroes than police acting film heroes for their efficiency, honesty , straight forwardness and sacrifice. But some sizable percentage of police personnel make it true to believe that there is no difference between chor and police as some police think that asking money from the people for any work is their birth right along with their rudeness. It is unfortunate that some of these people have forgotten the duty of police of protecting the people and making them secure when they are victim of others crime. Corruption in police department like some other departments is a major challenge to common man and other public.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    One has to see the harassment, to common people, who approach them for help! Later they pump both parties n extract juice from both sides n favor the party which gave more juice!

    Even to file a complaint for a lost passport, we had to pay bribe or else would have to be made to run from pillar to post citing flimsy reasons!!

    Less spoken the better!!

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  • Abhi, Mangalore/ BAngalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    First thing let them learn to speak polite way.

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  • sampath, India

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    I have seen police taking bribe from street vendors ...that too 2 rs ...5 Rs ..daily haftaa...

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  • Prem, Blre

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    Police who ever comes to station, they try see their benfit from visitor.they most wont help u.instead they act like rowdys dakus. Police r big Day robbers. So kaki kallaru. See thise police tummy. Curropt nd alchol nd food ....thats free .

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    Police are thugs in uniforms.

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  • vivek, hirebyle / abu dhabi

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    that is one side on a coin YES / also Rich & Politics interfere in Maintaining law & Order make Police to act frustrated ....

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  • shan, dubai

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    Unfriendly police make 75 per cent of population hesitant to report crimes..... may be 75 percent are afraid of our court and lawyers..... Last week I saw Kaun Banega corepoti and some one was telling that there are so many pending cases.... It will take at least 50 years to come up ..... i.e if some rape happens and goes to complain than the person will get only justice may be after 50 years and she has to go to court with her grand children.

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  • NM, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    I honestly don't find any difference between goondas and such 'unfriendly police'

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  • Naveen, kulshekar Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 9 2017

    it is a real fact

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