It Is the Need of the Hour To Understand Police Brutality in India and Take Action – By Sanjiv Krishan Sood
What happened in Sipajhar town of Darrang district, Assam on September 22 is shameful, to say the least, and reflective of the unprofessional conduct of police in dealing with a routine law and order situation. The horrific conduct… has been commented upon by all and sundry. However, what appears to have been missed or deliberately ignored by almost everyone is the act of a policeman mercilessly hitting the fallen person with sticks. This behaviour is not only unlawful and abhorrent in the instant case….
Police resorting to brutal force has become a routine. The lathi-charge in Karnal on August 28, brutal treatment of the minorities during the Delhi riots in 2020, and police violence at Jamia Millia Islamia are many instances where the police has not covered itself in glory. In fact, the police’s behaviour and investigation have come under severe criticism by courts in many riot-related cases….
The police all over the country is increasingly brutal in their approach towards common people. Flouting law rather than protecting the rule of law is becoming the norm. When the chief minister of a state says “thok diya jayega” (will be shot), it is an open call to the police to ignore rule of law in dealing with the public. Even criminals are entitled to due process of law….