Road block to justice

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/20/2018 11:48:07 AM IST

 Dimapur is not only the commercial capital but also enjoys the dubious distinction as the crime capital of the state and a major crime hub in the north east. Over the decades, the thin dividing between what is legal and illegal has almost disappeared. This is because the policing and judicial system have been left at the mercy of powerful politicians and manipulators. Crimes in Dimapur pose stiff challenges on the officers and men including the entire society. This is so because political interferences in recruitment, transfer and promotions have been given precedence over merit and achievements. One of the biggest problems of policing is the way society perceives the force. Generally, police is being perceived as a kind of paramilitary force and that is why the demand and attraction for India Reserve Battalion. There is a clamour among youth to join the police as the romance with guns gets extended. This has led to pressure being borne on politicians for job. This has resulted in political interference and patronage over the force and ensured that police force does not grow to become a first rate law enforcement arm of the state. The most important role of police is crime prevention then detection and conviction. The exercise does not end in conviction but continues with reformation. Side by side, what is also a dire need is for judicial reform. Thus, two things that stand out in the light of persistent demands of people for justice and which, have been primarily aired on numerous times, remain unfulfilled because of lack of judicial and police reforms. So much has been spoken about the two issues but somehow the matter hasn’t gone beyond the talking board. Police Reform is vital for the effectiveness of the force in all respects and more so with regard to handling of situations with the public. While India gained independence in 1947, it has yet to bring out a comprehensive Police Act that is relevant to the changed scenario. Instead, the Indian Police is still fettered by having to function under the archaic Indian Police Act 1861. In difficult situations like the north east, the police force suffers from major deficiencies which largely remain unaddressed. Modernisation of the police forces in the region has become synonymous with procurement of sophisticated weaponry and equipments as well as raising of new armed police battalions such as the IRB. The other aspect of Judicial reform plays a central role in the efforts of society to strengthen the rule of law. An independent and impartial judiciary and a speedy and efficient system form the essence of civilisation. Despite over 200 years of British rule during which colonised India was exposed to the European system and education, after independence, Indian judiciary by nature turned ponderous, excruciatingly slow and inefficient. Be it colonial laws or laws enacted after independence, their interpretations and adjudications led to enormous misery for the litigants who were forced to look for non-existent extra-legal alternatives. The third factor is community involvement which has given added urgency to community policing. If public don’t trust police then it means the force has lost its direction and professionalism. Community policing cannot solve the problems of the police nor can it be a panacea to tackle crimes. It may not be a necessity but an option worth attempting and in the present circumstances, public and police need to redefine popularity as an ability to get the job done.

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