THE MIND OF THE PO­LICE

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A com­pre­hen­sive re­port on the status of polic­ing in In­dia was re­leased on Au­gust 27 by Com­mon Cause and the Lokniti pro­gramme for the Cen­tre for the Study of Developing So­ci­eties (CSDS). It in­cludes a sec­tion on the opin­ions po­lice per­son­nel hold about their fel­low In­di­ans. Work­ing con­di­tions for the po­lice, the re­port shows, are less than ideal, with large gaps in equip­ment and training. The po­lice also lack di­ver­sity and full rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Pos­si­bly also why they eas­ily dis­play prej­u­dice about mi­nori­ties. Other bi­ases include wide­spread ap­proval of the use of vi­o­lence on suspects. But po­lice in In­dia do also put up with po­lit­i­cal in­ter­fer­ence, “in­hu­man duty hours” and stress caused by chronic un­der­staffing, finds the re­port.

76%

po­lice in 20 states and Delhi some­what/ com­pletely agree that “for the greater good”, po­lice can be vi­o­lent to­wards crim­i­nals; 13% com­pletely dis­agree

58%

some­what or com­pletely dis­agree that women lack the nec­es­sary physical strength and ag­gres­sion for po­lice work

24%

po­lice ed­u­cated at post­grad­u­ate level say dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals should be killed rather than face trial; com­pared to 16% ed­u­cated to ma­tric level

51%

some­what/ com­pletely agree that women should not work in the po­lice as “in­flex­i­ble work­ing hours” hinder their “homely du­ties”

50%

po­lice say Mus­lims are some­what (36%)/ very much (14%) “nat­u­rally prone” to com­mit­ting crimes. Dal­its, 35%; up­per caste Hin­dus and OBCs, 33% each; Adi­va­sis, 31%

225,475

po­lice per­son­nel in Ma­ha­rash­tra as of 2016, largest in In­dia (93.9% of sanc­tioned strength). Fol­lowed by UP: 198,919 (48.1% of sanc­tioned strength)

35%

po­lice say mob vi­o­lence is some­what (20%)/ to a large ex­tent (15%) un­der­stand­able in case of cow slaugh­ter; 39% in kid­nap­ping; 43%, rape; 41%, road accident Mean work­ing hours per day of po­lice per­son­nel. 13% work up to 8 hours a day, 57% be­tween 9 to 16 hours, 24% over 16 hours

21%

po­lice say complaints un­der the SC/ ST Act are “very much false and mo­ti­vated”; “some­what”, 30%; “not at all”, 15%

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