We need a root and branch repair of police, guardian agencies to keep them lawful -Maja Daruwala

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published Published on Jul 13, 2020   modified Modified on Jul 13, 2020

-The Indian Express

At 158, India’s police to population ratio (police staff per 1,00,000 citizens) is one of the worst in the world. It lags well behind its neighbours.

A quick glance at the daily news from around the country throws up story after story of police misbehaviour, great and small. Videos uploaded day after day confirm this is no rarity — a horrific double murder in Tamil Nadu, grossly depraved behaviour towards women who came to complain in UP, four alleged escapees gunned down by a police posse in Telangana, a father tortured to death before his 10-year-old son in Hapur, UP.

It is no stretch to say these depravities are probably the tip of the iceberg. Statistics reaffirm the epidemic of bad behaviour. The National Crime Records Bureau records 853 custodial deaths between 2010 to 2018 — 70 of them in 2018 alone. At 1,636, the National Human Rights Commission puts the death figure much higher. For this, just three policemen have been convicted.

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The Indian Express, 13 July, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/vikas-dubey-encounter-tamil-nadu-custodial-deaths-police-brutality-6502596/

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