Police in India endorse encounter killing, mob punishment: Study -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
A new report has also highlighted how long work hours, absence of weekly offs and political and departmental pressure are impacting police personnel in the country.
New Delhi: Nearly half the police personnel in India feel that Muslims are likely to be “naturally prone” towards committing a crime. Likewise, a large percentage of police personnel believe that “being in the police requires physical strength and aggressive behaviour which women lack; women police are incapable of handing high-intensity crimes and cases; and because of inflexible working hours, it is not alright for women to work in the police force as they cannot attend to homely duties.”
A number of such biases and prejudices have been highlighted in a study titled ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019,’ which primarily dealt with the issue of ‘Police Adequacy and Working Conditions’. Brought out by Common Cause and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, the report was released by former Supreme Court Justice Jasti Chelameswar, social activist Aruna Roy, former director-general of police Prakash Singh and senior advocate Vrinda Grover.
The report also highlighted that the majority of police personnel endorse encounter killings and punishment by a mob for cow slaughter, kidnapping, rape and even road accidents.
As many as 35% of the personnel said it was natural for the mob to punish the culprit in case of cow slaughter, while about 40% justified mob violence towards those accused of rape, kidnapping and road accidents in which driver was negligent.
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