Crime mapping in Punjab
Pappreciation UNJAB Information Technology Board (PITB), which surely deserves
for its vibrant approach to help address problems facing people of the Province through application of modern information technology, is implementing a digital mapping of crime programme in the Province. The idea is to gather crime related information from different parts of the Province and store them at the central depository to given an idea to the policy and decision-makers to plan actions to tackle the crime situation.
This is, indeed, a step forward in e-policing and the project has the potential to stem the rising crime trend in the Province. However, there are no indications as yet that the programme is bearing any fruit to the people as street crimes are on the rise and there is also no reduction in murders, thefts, robberies and kidnappings. This is because no change can take place until and unless there is behavioural change on the part of police officials and officers. The idea of crime mapping revolves around the concerned police officers, who are supposed to record all incidents of crime taking place in their areas of jurisdiction and report them to the central database. One fails to understand how the Government expects an honest approach from these officials when they do not record FIRs of even heinous crimes fearing this would reflect negatively on their ability to check crimes in their areas. With the existing lot of corrupt-to-the-core police officials, no reduction in crime rate is expected and the project would meet the same fate as the so-called digitisation of land record where Patwari still reigns supreme. Police officers must exercise strict monitoring and vigilance to check crimes in the face of extreme frustration of the public.
IF I were to award marks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his two-year governance, I would give him four out of 10. I wouldn’t fail him because he did not officially pursue the Hindutva programme and yet allowed the RSS and Bajrang Dal, both extremist organisations, to have the run of the field. I know that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was allowed to use Akashvani to purvey his parochial and extremist views. In the same manner other government-owned institutions, such as the Nehru Library, were asked to follow the words coming from the RSS headquarters at Nagpur, or Jhandewalan in New Delhi. Heads of different educational institutes with Nehruvian leanings were dismissed.
The process is not yet complete. Even the central institutions in the Congress-run states are being systematically saffronised. Modi doesn’t have to give day-to-day instructions. The message has reached that the entire set-up will have to—willynilly—follow the Hindutva line of thinking, no matter how ante deluvian. Take the case of murder at Dadri, only 50 kilometres from Delhi. One Muslim was killed by fanatics simply because his family was suspected to have eaten beef. The extremists were not content with the killing of one person but wanted ac-