Society’s malaise

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/27/2019 11:07:01 AM IST

 Policing a place like Dimapur is not as easy as it comes with many hurdles that exhaust the efforts to bring the guilty to book and ensure swift conviction. The four pillars necessary for an efficient police are – prevention, detection, prosecution and conviction. A lack in any could spell the difference between a safe and unsafe environment. In the aftermath of the recent week-long against illegal collections and multiple taxations at various check gates in Dimapur, the police presented their side of the story on the factors acting against illegal and forcible collection/extortion which reads like trying to climb a greased pole. No doubt police in Dimapur have had their success stories but a cynical society is more interested in highlighting the failures. To be fair to both the police and the cynics, the issue is less about enforcing the rule of law than on social responsibilities. Police or the law exist to protect the law abiding citizens and ensure that those who cross the bounds are taken to task. The concept of modern policing has undergone sea change from the danda-giri of the colonial era to a modern-day scientific approach. However, in most parts of India, this danda mentality continues for various reasons of which one being the quality of men in uniform and the other being the mentality of those not in uniform(civilians). Perhaps the focus today needs to be about the quality of men in uniform, which invariably attracts attention on the selection and training processes. Of course, if the source of water is bad then the water cannot become any better. The other issues highlighted by Dimapur police during the September 24 media briefing were- unwillingness of witnesses or victims to testify and also the poor conviction rate by the courts. It has been the experience among many that giving information to police or testifying in court leaves them vulnerable to criminal gangs. This aspect had been discussed many times in the past and despite assurances of police, witnesses or victims are still reluctant to come forward. If this is so, then perhaps there is need for a serious homework about confidentiality. The other aspect is the low conviction of criminals in court. This matter is beyond the purview of the police since the courts have to be satisfied with the evidence as well as the submissions. It may also be said that the habitual practise of giving bail to offenders is another issue that needs to be addressed by both the police and courts in order to ensure that the noose is tightened against those who violate the law. From all accounts, the looming threat on citizens posed by anti-social elements including gangs, both organized and unorganized, is a matter of deep concern in Dimapur and could worsen unless the law is strictly enforced without fear or favour .It is a fact that criminal elements have ensconced themselves within various strata of society and it will need a major surgery to rid society of unlawful elements. For too long, many in society have been insulated from accountability. This has resulted in a syndrome called asociality where everything is possible with the right connection. It will need not only a political will but promoting community participation in addressing the problems of law and order to bring   law enforcement back on track. 


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