Dear LCI friends,
I have been wondering about how common people like you can me can peacefully protest the police brutality at ramlila grounds. After much thought I decided to talk to some police officers and ask them a few questions, to let them know how frustrated most of us are at the rising corruption in police force.
I went to a police chowkey nearby and said I wanted to interview the Inspector. Please note, I chose this chowkey because there is a slum nearby - the slum dwellers commit many crimes (thefts, eve teasing, stone pelting at vehicles) which are rarely followed up. I asked them the following questions:
- why common people like me have to run from pillar to post to register an FIR.
- why no action is taken on FIRs.
- How many of reported cases actually go for hearing?
- who follows up on such cases.
- If such cases are actually coming up for hearing how come the person who registered the FIR doesn't get the summons.
- why do our FIRs remain a scrap of paper, while politicians can get anything done?
- About the police brutality at Ramlila grounds, how was the decision made at midnight?
- Do such orders come in writing or telephonically?
- Does the police get caught in the middle, trying to obey orders and being answerable to Supreme court notices as to why they took the action - who are the decision makers?
- what is being done about the rising corruption in police force?
The police officer was friendly, he tried to remain non-controversial (as I expected), tried to deny some allegations but was cooperative. when I asked if I could come in for a follow up interview, he said come in anytime before 10 am.
I do not know court/ police procedures, I am a layperson who only goes to police chowky with personal complaint. I had initially decided to wear a placard and stand outside the police chowkey, but I felt that this was a better way to make my point.
I welcome inputs from fellow LCI Members about what we can do, how we can make police answerable to us and create pressure on them.