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Tees Hazari Brawl: Delhi police has itself to blame for the ‘bad image’

“It’s upon the Delhi Police to ensure this culture of preying upon the people they have sworn to protect evaporates"

A video is taking rounds on social media platforms, one that clearly shows lawyers attacking a bunch of policemen –strong evidence, ask any lawyer. And yet it fails to draw much sympathy. Imagine this kind of assault against the army or paramilitary. Roads would have turned into protest grounds by now.

A lot of brave policemen have sacrificed their lives for the country. Most of these men spend festivals away from home. A serious risk for life hovers over them all day. And yet the respect the force deserves is missing. And it’s not for no reason.

 

Beat constables think they own the area they have been allotted. They look for ways in which they earn that ‘Upari Kamaayi’. They harass small shopkeepers and street vendors. And it has grown so out of hand that it has become an accepted norm.

It’s not for nothing that people flinch from taking their complaints to policemen. The victims are made to feel they have done some wrong by getting looted or duped. Empathy is the last thing one can associate with such policemen. There is an authoritative shade in demeanour of several policemen. They feel they can do anything and get away with it. Sense of service is the last thing one can associate with them.

Again, not every cop is bad. But the system which lets such cops prosper definitely has something severely wrong about it. It’s upon the Delhi Police to ensure this culture of preying upon the people they have sworn to protect evaporates.

What lawyers did in the court, whether it was in response of something or in misconception has no justification. They know the law better and a legal response to anything unruly would have been wise. The ‘gang war’ in Tees Hazari Court is a mockery of the constitution.


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