The fear of Dialing 100
“We care for you” is the tagline of Chandigarh police which boasts of better policing, law & order than most other Indian cities. In a city which has always been proud of its systems & safety, a horrendous incidence has come to light where five policemen sexually abused a 16 year girl studying in Std 10th for 45 days. Local public is understandably furious and some of them have even tried taking law into their hands. All five tainted policemen have been arrested and the administration has assured that the perpetrators would be brought to justice. Interestingly, all this began after a family dialed 100 for help but ended up in a bigger problem.
In a middle-class locality of Khuda Lahora, a quarrel erupts in a family which sadly takes an ugly turn when the alcoholic father grows violent. The drunkard loses control and begins to assault & abuse his own kith & kin. His daughter dials 100 in a hope that the police would come and avert any untoward incident. As is usually the case, Chandigarh police arrives in time and the quarrel is settled. But the family never knew how dear the decision to dial 100 would cost them in future.
After assuring the family of security, one of the policemen asks the girl for her contact number. She obeyed giving way to her travails & traversity. Next day on, the school going girl was to be followed, stalked and passed lewd comments from the PCR van. Five Khaki-clads pick her up, rape her on gunpoint and force her to take anti-pregnancy pills. The so-called saviours of society exploited the innocent school-girl day after day for 45 long days until the girl decided to end her life. The incidence came to light when she attempted suicide which was averted by her brother and brought to notice.
The shameful conduct by few of their counterparts has taken a toll on the image of Chandigarh police. Its time we recruit police personnel on sensitivity & morality rather than the parameters of height, chest & 100 metre sprint. Our general policing system needs a revamp and reflection.
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